tree dreams

tree dreams

Bay-area writer Kristin Kaye came to Cumbersome with a scheme to create connection between people and trees. Attach a tag to a tree with a dream, wish, hope, thought and upload that image to a shared space. Volume one of Tree Dreams is a Field Guide filled with inspiration, tags to write in one's own hand and twine to tie the tag to a tree. Images from around the world have come pouring into Treedreams.org

trees make homes for birds

trees make homes for birds

A spring birthday celebration at school during which these kindergarteners gathered around a Flowering Magnolia, read their tags and tied tags together on a beautiful June day.

nurse log

nurse log

"Before a tree dies, it sends its resources down into its root share with young trees."

Nurse log, Forest Park, Portland, Oregon

middle school campers

middle school campers

Cumbersome Multiples lead a group tagging during a residency at Camp Nor'wester on Johns Island, Washington.

The woods felt cool and quiet in the middle of a crazy hot day. The campers settled in and listened to the woods and shared memories of favorite trees.

connection through action

connection through action

One courageous camper traveled from China for a month at Camp Nor'wester in Washington's San Juan Islands. She brought her joy, her lovely laugh and only a little bit of English. She made her Tree Dreams tag and translated to Cumbersome in Chinese.

tagging outside of mocc

tagging outside of mocc

Cumbersome Multiples set up the studio at Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland, Oregon for a week in the summer of 2013. Tree Dreams kits were made and tags were hung in the trees in front of the Museum — where they are weathering in the spring rains.

 

residency at mocc

residency at mocc

Broadside created during residency at Museum of Contemporary Craft, portland, Oregon. Wooden type set with a group of Museum visitors.