Tuesday, August 18, 2009
After the Fire Tam
A few years ago I was asked by a woman whose property had been completely burned out in a bad bushfire if I would have a look at it and do some replanting. When I went there I had to tiptoe round. Although the ground was still black there were tiny plants springing up everywhere and older plants were regrowing from their ligno-tubers. The gum trees were working on a new canopy. Signs of regeneration were everywhere. No replanting was needed.
The Victorian bushfires last year were so terrible that I don't know what can be regrowing there but I hope the signs of regeneration are coming. I put the blackened hearts on the back of this tam because that's how the fires affect us.
I used homespun and dyed it with indigo, weld, onion skins, safflower and poroporo.