BARK COLLAGE/ Paintings
Bark art is a craft unique to Australia. The bark used is usually from the Melaleuca or paper bark tree, (which is found throughout Australia) Gee Bung, or any soft pliable bark. The Melaleuca tree, commonly known as ‘Paper bark’, has many varieties and variation of texture. The bark can be as fine as paper, almost like lace, or covered with a dusty powder; or be like leather. There is also weather-worn grey, and bushfire black.
Most of the artists have trained themselves in this art form, and use the bark as if they were painting a picture. It is an exciting medium to work with. They work using tweezers as the pieces can be small, and the technique slow. The collages/paintings are done using all natural material, including bark from the paperbark tree, grevilla leaves and other natural plants.