And I have one other amazing discovery to add to our first 2024 mailbag - I have found a tree with a zip! And I find myself wondering and imagining what might be found inside the tree if we dared undo the zip!!!
I think we might find Ola Cohn's fairies ...
Ola Cohn was a Bendigo (Central Victoria, Australia) artist who produced many wonderful scuptures and other artistic works.
Ola's Fairy Tree was created in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne which she sculpted between 1931 and 1934 and donated to the children of Melbourne. It is still there today being enjoyed by all who pass by.
I think she must have continued to do repair work on the tree as below is a photo of her working on the tree in 1957.
To see a much clearer image of the tree and learn more about Ola click here.
And follow the Bookmark link below to read our past post on Ola Cohn - a remarkable woman and artist.
The next mailbag item comes from H Steve Cook from Victor Harbor in south Australia who sent in images of his latest watercolour sketches of buildings that catch his eye! As Steve says: I continue to 'work' on whatever interests me as often as I can.
Thank you Steve for sharing your works with us. I always think that hobby artists such as yourself are the spokes in the wheels of creativity!!
How often do you spend hours looking for the perfect card to send to someone? The commercial world now abounds with a brilliant selection on offer. But some very creative people are able to make their own cards and Sue Symons in the UK is one such artist.
Please take a moment to study the intricate work involved in quilling - an art form I haven't seen in a while and which constantly amazes me that anyone could do this.
Sue is very versatile in her creative output and soon we will see some of her paintings which are delightful and inspirational.
The last item in this mailbag is a present I received from Santa, in the body of a very good friend who just happens to also be a nursery man. Can you guess what it is?
I have wanted a Wollemi Pine for years as the story of the discovery of this species, thought to be extinct, is just amazing. Read all about it in the post below which comes from the Inverewe Garden in Scotland where I saw my first Wollemi Pine, thousands of kilometres from home and very happy.
I do hope my own little Wollemi will be as happy living in my care but veryn much under the watchful eye of Rus the nurseryman!
I'll be back tomorrow with some more mailbag items which represent the enormous breadth of creativity we see in the world around us.