Living so close to Bali I have been there many, many times over the past 40 years (I was very young the first time I went). I fell in love with the Island of the Gods from my very first visit. Beneath it’s obvious tropical beauty lies another layer of joyous harmony in the many and varied festivals celebrated at regular intervals.
One of these festivals is Galungal and is celebrated every 210 days. It gives thanks to God in His manifestation as Hyang Giri Pati (the God of the mountain) for the bounty that the island provides its people. To honour the volcano Mt. Agung elaborate Penjors (see below photo) are erected outside of the gates or doorways to homes, businesses and shops creating an archway of dangling and swaying gifts to the mountain god.
Created from bamboo, palms, fruits and flowers it represents the necessities of life that the fertile soil of Bali provides. I have always wanted a Penjor in my garden but of course bringing one home would be very impractical so I have decided to make one from felt! It seems only natural that it should be officially unveiling at Nancy’s Bali Meditative Adornment Textile Retreat to be held in May 2019.
Follow my progress in creating the Penjor and join us in Bali for its raising, or better yet join us and have a fabulous time! Follow Soosie’s progress on: Website: soosie.com.au
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Treetops is happy to introduce our new line of one-off exclusive Australian designed magnetic closures for felt and fabrics. Everyone knows how hard it is to find an appropriate fastening device for felt garments. Button holes stretch, hooks and snaps can leave a garment with limited options for which it can be worn, pins can leave holes….
Our wonderful friend, Soosie Jobson, has come up with a gorgeous and inspiring solution for all of us! Uniquely designed magnetic closures (brooches) have been hand-crafted from Polymer clay and designed to coordinate with many of our Treetops Colour Harmonies colourways! Each brooch is unique.
The magnets are strong enough for lightweight to mid-weight felt. She will be developing a range for heavy weight felt in the near future. Swivel magnetic back to a vertical position to remove. Health warning: Magnetic device. Do NOT use with pacemaker. Click Here for products.
We have been playing again! Inspired by our recent trip to Karijini National Park, in the Outback of Western Australia. The glowing colours of earth, rock and bush are hard to wash out of your mind and literally as well, that red dust is awesome! Its taken us quite a few goes at making the perfect new colour combos – ‘Sand Plains’ and ‘Banded Iron’.
So be quick! 15% Sale on our one-off superfine merino samples. Click here to purchase. Roughly most balls are around 230gms for AU$33.25.
Final colourways are coming SOON to our website!