Ash armageddon threatens 70 million British trees.
Gary Cook – 5th October, 2017.
“To draw attention to the plight of the ash, an exhibition celebrating the tree by 11 nationally-known artists and photographers will be held at the Springhead Trust in Dorset from 10-15 October. The rural centre for creative and sustainable living was established by the family of acclaimed conductor John Eliot Gardiner whose father was a founding member of the Soil Association. The show is a central plank of the AshScape Project, the brainchild of photographer and author Edward Parker, and highlights the tree’s importance to civilisation over the millennia.
On show will be the collaboration of Emma Buckmaster and Janet French, members of the highly respected Arborealist group, who produce delicate etchings of trees printed on paper made from the trees’ foliage. Emma and Janet reveal their process: “The leaves are collected and after slowly soaking and boiling them, delicate sheets of paper are created using only the natural constituents of the leaves to bind them together. Whilst the paper is still damp the etched image is printed on to the leaves from a steel plate using a traditional etching press.” “