Knitting, Crocheting and Poplar Trees

Microscopic Photograph of the cross section of a poplar tree by Robert Berdan

“When we engage in fiber arts, we are creating something, but we’re also participating in historic traditions tens of thousands of years old. You are not only not only making art for your soul and for future generations, you are embodying the work of our ancestors.” – the woven road

I had no doubt it was a red doily.  Although it could easily have been a close-up of one of Suzy’s shawls too.  The design is one I’ve seen many times before, something crocheted or knitted for sure.

But I was stunned to read it was a microscopic photograph of the cross section of a Poplar tree taken by photographer Robert Berdan. 

We humans have been knitting and crocheting  for thousands of years.   Yet this well known pattern we created is the same as the pattern that is found inside a tree.

Did we  know this on some level?

For me, seeing this photograph speaks to our innate connection to the natural world.  To an artists ability to subconsciously connect to those things that are invisible to most of us.

It gives me a sense of community too.  Not only with other humans who continue to recreate theses patterns, but community with nature too.

It makes me feel safer as if I can trust the natural way of things.  The natural processes of life and death.

6 thoughts on “Knitting, Crocheting and Poplar Trees

  1. I believe that when you suspend judgment and expectation, when you simply allow your hands to be guided, whatever happens is what should happen, what is meant to happen. I think this is where true works of art come from, so it’s no surprise really that artistic creations reflect Nature. I’m not good at explaining . The benefit of age and detachment from a busy life is that you have time to notice so much that you were in too much of a rush to take note of previously.

    1. I think that is true Carolyn, our hands seem to know what to do if we allow them. I love how you are appreciating and finding the benefits in your life as it is now. It’s hopeful.

  2. Well, just wow. It’s as though “nature” is coming out through our fingertips when working with fibers. And I guess all fibers come to us from a natural, living, source. (This probably makes sense only to me, but it really gave me a start when I realized it was not actually crocheting or something.)

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