Santa Cruz mosaic artist Christine Evans was profoundly affected when Donald Trump won the presidential election.
"There’s so much divisiveness and serious concerns that people have, I thought I would like to do a community piece that makes it possible for people to come together and create something that they care about together," Evans says.
So for the past four months, Evans and fellow mosaic artist Julie Norton have organized monthly mosaic tree-making sessions, where anybody is welcome to design and put together a leaf.
Evans created a template for the tree. Individuals who attend the workshops get to create their own leaf designs. Some people have made political symbols like a #BlackLivesMatter fist or a planet symbolizing environmental values. Evans and Norton encourage people to talk while they make their leaves, and especially want to inspire discussions around the meaning of what they're creating.