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'LOVE-TREES' at Noosa Regional Gallery

Don't miss the last week of the 'Tree Place' exhibition curated by my good friend and fellow fibre researcher Anne Harris of Annie's Workroom  at Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin, Queensland, including my tryptch 'LOVE-TREES' until Sunday 27th January 2019.

You can find the whole back story on this amazing project on the 'Tree Place' website.

Text and images of my new works made specicifically for the 'Tree Place' exhibition below:


Carved, scratched, stabbed and abused – street trees the world over endure the attentions of careless drivers, unthinking builders and idle romantics. This trio of photo-collages documents the scars left behind and the interaction of our unnoticed living neighbours with our un-natural environment as their roots undermine tarmac creating abstract calligraphy.

During 2017 English artist and basketmaker Tim Johnson spent 8 weeks in Australia undertaking textile and sculpture projects in Newcastle, NSW and on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. During his time in Newcastle Tim was struck by the ongoing threats to the cities magnificent ficus street trees and the campaign against the removal of heritage parkland for a short term sporting event.

At home in Vilanova i La Geltru, Catalonia, many of the streets are strangely lined with Australian natives – Kurrajongs and Casuarinas – here too the trees are routinely carved, scarred and abused without thought or concern.

Tim Johnson  October 2018

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