Announcement Enter the fabulous and unusual world of dried squash and calabashes, and let yourself be enchanted...
Enter the fabulous and unusual world of dried squash and calabashes, and let yourself be enchanted...
Traditionally, in Europe and France, dried squash was used as containers by travelers, especially pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. It is from there that they get their name of "pilgrim squash" or "bottle squash".
Elsewhere in the world, the work of dried squash and gourds is part of many traditions; from the utilitarian container (such as the calabash bowl) to the ritual instrument (kamale n'goni of Malian hunters, container for mate in South America), many ethnic groups "work the squash".
My work is in line with this.
Today, apart from ritual uses, "gourd art" is a discipline in its own right in many countries (but remains little known in our Alsatian latitudes) that reinvents the customary uses of squash and calabashes.
Dried squash and calabashes are the support of my work. It is a natural, living material, which offers a wide variety of forms and therefore possibilities of artistic expression.
Having at heart to respect an ecological and ethical approach, the products / squash that I work are of essentially French origin. Only a few gourds, larger in size, come from Africa, because it is impossible to grow them in our countries.
I use natural pigments to make my own oil paintings.
Each piece is thus unique, both in terms of its shape and its colors and patterns, and entirely handmade in my workshop.
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