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September 26, 2008


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Your photos are just AMAZING! I could look at them forever. All of your projects really appeal to my inner science and nature geek. LOVE...


These are SO GREAT! I need to make something like this...

We had a tree just outside our house. It was the oldest tree on our land (I think) but a few years ago, she became diseased and my dad had to chop her up so she wouldn't contaminate the rest of the orchard. Something like that... It was really sad - we used to have a swing on that tree and everything. For a couple of months, all that was left was a huge stump... I still think about that tree, especially when she was just a stump, so solitary and sad...


these are so cool!
love your blog too.


These are beautiful!

I live in an area where there is a lot of sprawl and as I travel to my parents' home an hour away, I am always saddened by what it has become. Sadly, there are many ghost trees along the way.


We have an actual tree called a ghost gum in our part of the world - I will try and find a picture to send you.


Your story and pictures are a great inspiration. I love it when the concept and the execution of an idea is so beautiful. The objects you made are beautiful by themselves, but add your artist voice, and they become sublime. Well done.


Exquisite expressions! I particularly like the one with draped 'cobwebs'.
So....let's plant more trees - taking on that mindset lets us 'see' many opportunities, and the realization that every effort is worthwhile from planting a seedling tree to stepping a chestnut back into the earth or an acorn or a peach pit or an apple core or a maple seed helicopter etc!!

Christina J.

Almost two years ago we moved to a new town, not far from our old house. Sometimes we drive past the old house, which always makes me sad because the new owners do not take good care of it. The last time I drove by I was deeply saddened to see that the Corkscrew Willow we had planted in the back yard had died. It was a cutting from aunt's tree, which had been grown from a cutting of my grandfather's tree. He loved Corkscrew Willows. I'm still sad to think our old tree has become a ghost tree.


i really like that you let the particularities of the pieces stand out. it says that trees, yes, are necessary and good, but also these particular trees. I live in Vancouver, so there are lots of beautiful old trees around, but I also hear stories about how there used to be mammoth trees until a few decades ago, and I feel their absence in the forests, and how they were so old and so much part of this landscape, and now are gone.


they are very beautiful but also a little bit frightening and discomforting.


God bless your beautiful brain and imagination Margie :)
Here's a ghost tree I made back in 2006:


i love them. espesh the one that looks like it's wearing a snowsuit.


I see ghost trees in my life ...

I love your creations. They are amazing. The way you used the natural contours and nubs when doing the crochet lends a wonderful organic spirit to the pieces.

Andrea (noricum)

*love* *love* *love*

My favourite is the one with the definite eyes and mouth, with the one long arm. :)


Now that I know the meaning behind this projects Margie, I love your crocheted trees even much! I would love to have a "Margie ghost tree" on my house :)


Beautiful work. I love the way you've developed this ~ your work is delicate and lovely, and the idea of ghost trees really resonates with me. There are still a few big native trees left where I live ~ beautiful, giant marris that have been growing for hundreds of years, long before European settlement. One by one, they're being knocked down to make way for housing. It's incredibly sad and, when I drive past the places where they stood, I feel haunted by their absence.

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