Create your own family tree to be cherished for generations to come. Celebrate family occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions and more.
Bernadine has created unique designs of family trees which are living trees and different to the “classic” family trees.
Spending time with friends and family is life what it is about and her family trees document these interactions.
The story of family trees
The whole concept was developed when a customer asked Bernadine was commissioned to create a gift for a man who lives in Ireland with his family but his sister lives in Australia and he wanted to present a creation connecting his Ireland based family to her. Bernadine created a wedding gift with fingerprints of all the Ireland based family in such a way that the two parts of the family in Ireland and Australia would be interconnected in an extraordinary and special way. The way that this first tree was accepted, it made Bernadine realise that these family trees can not only be for families but also for people we connect in our lives in a special relationship.
Bernadine developed this further by creating trees not only for families but also for friends.
The concept of family trees
The trees are presented with an ink pad and an artist calligraphy pen so the customers can create their own heirloom representing the personal connections that they have as a family. Using the ink pad, they can their fingerprints which become like leaves on the family tree. Then, using the calligraphy pen, they sign their fingerprints and their signatures become like branches.
So, at a glance, the piece looks like a tree but as you look closer and deeper, you can see each person’s actual fingerprint and signature which are the two features that are absolutely unique to each person. Also, the fact that each person has physically touched the artwork adds another layer of importance to the finished piece.