About Tread Sculptures

 

Tim and his family live at Bend Of Islands, a bushy conservation area on the banks of the Yarra River in north east Melbourne. Bend Of Islands is Wurundjeri country and has a rich Aboriginal history and a large variety of native flora and fauna. It is home to many artists including painters, potters, writers and sculptors.

A background in the building industry gave Tim a strong technical foundation in construction. When he purchased a welder to repair an earth mover, Tim also discovered a gift for metal sculpture. He is now a full time artist with a passion for working with steel, preferring reclaimed material in its second stage of life.

A big part for me is connecting with stuff in a different way. Turning something that may have had an end date into something completely different. Not allowing its previous life to determine its value in the future. I truly believe that your past does not determine your future”.

As you drive into the Bend of Islands 5 acre property, the first thing you’re greeted with is the sign ‘Mingalaba”.

 

‘Mingalaba’ is Burmese for Hello or Welcome. If there is one word to explain the Tread Sculptures experience, it is welcome. Tim and his wife Karen have a gift for hospitality and it’s not uncommon to find yourself deep in conversation in this inspiring and uniquely beautiful setting.

 

Deep in his heart, Tim is an advocate for those who are marginalised and on the edges. This advocacy has seen Tim and his family become involved in helping settle refugees from parts of Burma to Melbourne and Bright, Victoria. As Burma holds a special place in Tim’s heart, 10% of all profits from Tread Sculptures go to clothing, feeding and educating children in a Burmese village orphanage.

 

This compassion also led to Tim helping facilitate a local Mind Health support group called ‘Blur’Blur is a confidential peer led support group. It is a safe place for people suffering mind health issues, or for anyone having a hard time. You can find out more details by clicking here: Blur

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