As I read The Little Book of Craftivism, ideas kept popping into my head. This one took a little longer to execute than the mini banners. There is a row of immense, sugar gums (Eucalyptus Cladocalyx) over 100 year old in our neighbourhood which were scheduled to be cut down due to changes in the railway corridor. Many people in our neighbourhood were part of a campaign to save them.
We managed to save these trees (albeit very severely pruned) while dozens of others were cut down. People have been saying to me when they visit the nearby local neighbourhood centre how awful it looks now that all the trees that used to stand between the neighbourhood centre and the railway have been cut down. They often say how relieved they are that the ones we saved are still there–but they do not realise what went into saving them. They don’t even know those trees were threatened. There are still all night works and daytime works and continuing campaigns and about noise going on and many people in the area feel very discouraged living with the aftermath of all the infrastructure works. So I imagined bunting that read ‘these trees saved by community action’ and a bit of a celebration of our having actually succeeded in this part of what we have tried to do.
Well, I made the bunting. And another member of our local group emailed out the most beautiful invitation to come and hang it up and celebrate the continued existence of the sugar gums. And so a small local celebration, complete with our local MP Steph Key and our local councillor, Jennie Boisvert, who both put considerable effort into supporting our campaign. I wanted to thank the woman who stared the campaign and was its mainstay, so I made her a little leafy bag. Here it is filled with rolled up bunting ready to go and celebrate.
And here we are, after a highly entertaining hanging of the bunting.
I’ve made a tutorial on how to create this kind of lettered bunting, which you can find in the how-to page (link at the top of the blog) or here, if you’d like to try your own. I already have another plan, personally….
2 responses to “A Community Celebration”
Just wanted to say I am utterly adoring your blog and relishing every word and picture, in particular the craftivism pieces! And of course big congrats to everyone who saved these majestic trees, thanks! Sophie
Dear Sophie, Thanks so much! That is such a beautiful compliment. Thanks for all the trees you’re planting at your new place. You’re a treasure. m