Trees 3 and 4 , can you see the red tree in the background ?
I really like seeing all 3 trees in a row on Colusa Ave. It turns the corner into a little stage set.
I’m always grateful for people’s explanations of what I’m up too. I was putting up another felt tree tonight an a car full of people parked right next to me and got out and looked in silence for a long time. ” Getting ready for Halloween ?” the man finally said encouragingly.
” Oh for sure ” I said relieved. Although sadly, it has nothing to do with Halloween.
Sewing up these tiedyed trees at night has felt a lot more dubious than sewing knitting onto poles or should I say I feel more criminal. I can’t tell if this is a step forward or not. Mainly I like to see the finished trees, it’s thrilling to have the nerve again.
” Have you seen my tie dyed trees ? ” I asked my friend Tony as I dragged him out the door of the store to see them . ” I made a bunch of theses big pieces of felt and then I tiedyed them . I made a lot of them so I could put up several at once ‘
Then I thought about what I said and I wanted to be more truthful ” Actually I made a lot of them first because they are really fun to make and I get nervous about standing out on the street and sewing them up. Even though I’ve only been stopped by police twice I still get nervous ” This is more true. Tony agreed that he too prefers sitting at his dining room table and doing his work more than having to present it .
‘I tell myself ” This will be fun ! “Tony said ” I really try to believe it “
Sewing up these big trees is a little fun especially when small children come by and reach over and give the tree a hug. The plan is to put these tie dyed trees up all over Berkeley really quick before it rains. This is the first Berkeley tree.
I was sewing this big felt heart onto my local fence when Tanner showed up . He seems to drop from the sky when ever I am doing street art in our neighborhood. I didn’t recognize him at first because his yellow hair is shorter and his teenage face is in the process of moving from prettiness to strength.
“I like what your doing here ” he said looking at my street heart . ” And I liked the snow flakes too. I took a lot of pictures of street art when I was traveling . I’ll show them to you later . ‘
And off he went .
The very first time I ever yarnbombed , a very little tiny knitted sock on a pole - young Tanner came out in bare feet to tell me he like what I was doing. I love a teenager being out in the world encouraging artists to make street art . Right away as it’s in progress . A little encouragement , it can be so little , can make the difference to so many brave , big , ridiculous , wavering art experiments .
I also appreciate the people who yell out their cars -
‘ Thank You !” to me as I am sewing up .
And to the people on Facebook who tell me ” Get your hearts out there ! “
So this is a new series of street art called ‘Street Hearts ” and it is 15 big felt hearts that I am putting up all over Berkeley to celebrate Valentines Day. See if you can find them . And go encourage somebody .
yourself too. You are so great . I like what you are doing.