Family Tree

Family Tree

Artist: Linda Belden

Title: Family Tree

Attribution: Family Tree, 2021, Linda Belden

Year: 2021

Materials: Machine embroidery, thread, hand embroidery, embroidery thread, muslin

Dimensions: 15"x24"x1"

Image Statement: During the pandemic lockdown, I discovered and read books and articles describing the amazing traits of trees--that trees have their own DNA, that the forest is really a family with mother trees and offspring. I learned about the symbiosis of all parts of a forest and found it to be a spiritual truth. In “Family Tree”, through free-motion embroidery on my trusty Bernina, I’ve stitched tree rings, which can reveal everything about a tree’s life. To the right of the rings, I’ve hand-embroidered legends from my own family tree.