About the Book
This book is a culmination of three years spent collaborating with quiltmakers, woodturners and other artists to document an urban forest before it was clear-cut for development. Photographs taken in the woods before it was cut, were made into fabric patterns, printed and sewn into quilts. Trees cut from the forest were turned into bowls, hollow forms and other art objects. Seeds and buds were collected and put into old bottles found littering the creek bed. Twisted limbs of a sycamore tree, pulled from the debris after the cutting of the forest, were covered in beeswax and laid on a Civil War era embalming table, salvaged from the the attic of the house that once stood on the property. All these things were made, then laid on the clear-cut earth and photographed. Each piece was offered as a thank you to the earth, acknowledging what was passing and giving thanks for what will live on. Each photograph was informed by the pieces created, the land, the light and weather on that day.