In 2002, I made a wooden clothespins dress for a great friend. The unexpected reception for that early attempt was the seed for the work that continues to evolve today. At the time, I was already involved in creating Installations based on repetition, often incorporating unusual objects, allowing for a smooth transition into this art form. It is difficult to determine how many hours these works require and more often than not, I lose count of how many clothespins (clothes pegs) I use. I have lost count but I do know I have used close to 200,000 clothespins to date. I only use the spring type wooden clothespin originally invented in Vermont (USA) also home to the last factory in the USA, which closed in 2007
There have been six tree wraps since the first attempt. A beloved series, I hope it will continue as long as I can climb a tree.
From the first piece, inspired by a water Lilly growing in our tiny backyard pond to the more intricate and growing versions that I make today.