Trees at the Meteor is “the wearable arts of the Christmas tree circuit”. Every year the Meteor is filled with 60 plus trees of all styles, sizes and materials. Recycled, painted, glued, woven, tied, or moulded, the event attracts creators from all over the Waikato, resulting in an eclectic collection of trees that is dazzling and definitely worth a look each December.
Though I hadn’t visited the collection before, this year I decided to enter three trees.
Mini tree: Highly commended at Trees at the Meteor 2017.
Wire, found watches, photo frame, and jewellery, tin foil and copper seed lights.
Silverdale Normal: Collaborative tree
This year Silverdale Normal Primary School submitted their first entry. I constructed a “tree’ from donated bamboo, recycled chicken wire, shipping wood, and old Christmas lights, and each child from the school made an ornament to decorate the tree. Materials ranged from old light bulbs, meat trays, cardboard tubing, old yarn, used CDs, ice block sticks, shipping bags, to old Christmas baubles. The children were very proud of their work and enjoyed seeing the tree gain colour and interest as the ornaments were added.
Taumata Monday Guides: Gadget tree
Gadgets and community engagement are an important part of Girl Guiding all over the world. Guide gadgets are constructed from sticks and string, and provide useful tools during Guide camps such as washing lines, wash bowl stands, and rubbish holders, while allowing girls to practice their knot tying. The gadget made for the Trees at the Meteor event positions a billy over a fire and also provides a platform to rest cups or utensils. During their weekly unit meeting, the girls each made several ‘swaps’, small gifts that are exchanged at a Guide Jamboree. These were strung around the gadget, with an additional bowl of swaps available for visitors to the Meteor to take as souvenirs.