Lost on the Side of the Road: Mixed Media Found Object Embroideries (exhibit at Handiwork studio + market)

Handiwork Studio 199 Pleasant Ave, Portland, ME

"Given love and attention, the things we discard can make the world so much more beautiful."

On foot and by bicycle, Tree scans the streets of Maine for lost and tossed items -- keys, springs, toys, disposable straws, and all manner of roadside debris -- then stitches them onto fabric to create new narratives for the repurposed objects. Her work is an exploration of how humans interact with our environment as well as a thoughtful, joyous marriage of color and texture. You can follow her progress on Instagram at @RoadTrashCritters.

Tree's studio show at Handiwork is open 10-5 Wednesday-Saturday and 11-4 Sunday.