FAMILY TREE Story
There are some trees that you ‘grow up with’ and these are mine. Both these trees hold a strong place in my Australian childhood memories-the pine trees standing in rows like sentries along the beach front as I swam in the surf every holiday and the silky oak trees filled with lorikeets attracted by their yellow brush like flowers. Both trees are found in the Gold Coast hinterland.
In the manner of the Patrick White novel ‘A Tree of Man’, these trees have also come to symbolise people – the pine tree, my grandmother and the silky oak, my grandfather.
The title of the fabric is also a call to feel connected to our natural world, to care for it as if it is an extended family, a rich heritage worth protecting.