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Click on the link LYCEECHICAGO.ORG to see the students at work. Thanks Amanda Love for introducing the project, Andrea Peterson for your papermaking instruction, and all the students, teachers and helpers for participating. Great job and beautiful work!

The week of March 16-20, the Lycée hosted acclaimed papermaker Andrea Peterson to make paper with students grades 1-8 and several 10th grade visual art students. The first grade classes collected old jeans and t-shirts to make paper…
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Spend the day exploring the artistic papermaking process used in the Treewhispers exhibition. You will begin the workshop with an introduction to the stunning handmade paper rounds used in the Treewhispers project. Then, roll up your sleeves and create your own paper rounds under the guidance of the visionary creator of the exhibit, artist Pamela Paulsrud. This will be a fun and invigorating workshop suitable for all.

Friday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chicago Botanic Garden, Plant Science Lab, Regenstein Center, Glencoe, IL

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New meaning to the words “weight-bearing”.

IMG_1258Photo by Pamela Paulsrud at the Chicago Botanic Garden Papermaking Event

 

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IMG_1248Photo by Pamela Paulsrud at the Chicago Botanic Garden

 

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With this project I’ve heard thousands of tree stories—most likely told for the first and perhaps only time.  I’ve heard touching stories of trees being planted in memory of a loved one, of how a tree saved a life by stopping a car out of control from plunging into a lake, and of course I’ve heard about the magic of spending hours as a young child hanging out in their branches. I suppose it’s obvious that I love hearing these stories of trees and how we’re connected to them—how they’ve influenced our lives.  I’ve always felt honored to be a part of this storytelling moment in time, yet sometimes secretly wishing that there were some way to capture these precious memories being told—so that others too might be inspired to remember their deep connections to trees.

My wish was answered when Dawn Bennett introduced me to Beth Barbush, an artist, photographer, and story collector. Beth is currently living in Cambridge, Maryland working for the Maryland Humanities council developing public dialogues and programs around agricultural and environmental issues. We spoke a few times on the phone and  finally had the pleasure of meeting at the Chicago Botanic Garden where this collaboration began. Although she seemed inspired and eager to collect these stories, I wondered about the challenge she had in taking on this project having just moved to Maryland—but as the days and weeks wore on was delighted in hearing her experiences with others in her quest. (Now I’m secretly hoping she’ll capture her own story sometime soon!) It’s a delight to have these recorded interviews from the Allegheny Mountains join Treewhispers . Be sure to allow extra time when you visit. I know you’ll want to hear them too.

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Many thanks to Dawn Bennett for inviting the CBG (Chicago Botanic Garden) staff to stroll through Treewhispers on Valentine’s Day. It was so nice to meet those who stopped by and intriguing as always, to hear their tree stories!  In addition to the sweets Dawn provided, handmade paper rounds were shared courtesy of the Girl Scouts who were recently making paper at the Garden and  papermaker, Andrea Peterson.  Andrea often donates rounds to the project to include those might not get around to making paper—but have a personal tree story to share. It’s a great collaboration of sorts! (I’m secretly hoping it will spur the recipeints on to get their hands wet in paper pulp someday.)

I’m looking forward to stringing the CBG tree—stay tuned!

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I can’t believe it’s been a month since Treewhispers was installed at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Remembering leaving after a day’s work and being greeted by the full moon and the glowing trees. Enjoy!

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