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Emma Carlow x Metio

Mexican Tree of Life by Emma Carlow x Metio

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So excited to present you this amazing Tree of Life!

This Tree of Life was inspired by the Mexican Tree of Life (Arbol de la Vida) collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The designs of these trees of life are as diverse as the artisans who make them and the villages in which they live. In general, however, trees of life depict the creation story and feature animals, angels, and other characters. Trees of life are made and given as symbols of abundance, fertility and joy.

The Tree of Life is made of plywood and unpainted. Enjoy it as is or paint your very own. Instructions included. Please note we recommend you remove the flat tree of life and paint it prior to assembling it.

Dimensions: Height 26cm / Width 19.7cm

Emma Carlow is an artist, designer and maker based in Lewes, East Sussex. She is inspired by folk art from around the world and the incredible craftsmanship displayed in objects that people used daily. Toys are her other passion. From dolls and animals of ancient Greece and Rome to the Galt toys from her childhood. She spends her time making things. ​

In celebration of folk art, creativity and joy, Pamela Kelly partnered with Emma Carlow to create Metio Studio. The idea underpinning the business is simple: have fun and make something.

At Metio Studio the making is focused on trees of life inspired by the craft traditions of the world. Every culture has its own version of a tree of life -- a symbol embodying abundance, nature, fertility, renewal, joy, and celebration. They are often created to mark a seasonal celebration, a rite of passage or simply to be given as a gift. In many cases, the making of these objects is accomplished by small groups who are part of a community involved in, or sponsoring a celebration or ceremony.

Perhaps in making a Metio Studio Tree of Life you, and your community, will have cause to celebrate.

Credit information for both trees of life pictured alongside the DIY kit:

Herón Martínez Mendoza, Mexico, Puebla, Acatlán de Osorio, painted ceramic, 1960.

Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, gift of the Girard Foundation Collection. Photo by Blair Clark. ©Museum of International Folk Art

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