Cyndee Newick's Profile

About

In 1996 I saw some simple gourd projects in a craft book. I could immediately
see the potential. The more I learned, the more I knew gourds fit in with most of
my major interests - archaeology, mythology, playing music and organic
gardening.
Artistically, gourds are versatile. Most art mediums can be applied to gourds and
woodworking techniques such as pyrography, carving and chipping can be used.
Gourds are challenging. Each gourd is unique in coloration, shape, size and
density.
Gourd art isn't for the perfectionist. A gourd artist must be flexible and willing
to accept surface blemishes, flaws and irregular shapes, incorporating these
inconsistencies into the work. Each art piece is unique and can never be
duplicated…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 7
  • Joined April 12, 2008

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Organic Gourds, acrylic mediums, gourd seeds, gourd stems, sea grass, wild crafted and upcycled embellishments, wooden beads, leather, driftwood, carving and pyrography techniques

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About

In 1996 I saw some simple gourd projects in a craft book. I could immediately
see the potential. The more I learned, the more I knew gourds fit in with most of
my major interests - archaeology, mythology, playing music and organic
gardening.
Artistically, gourds are versatile. Most art mediums can be applied to gourds and
woodworking techniques such as pyrography, carving and chipping can be used.
Gourds are challenging. Each gourd is unique in coloration, shape, size and
density.
Gourd art isn't for the perfectionist. A gourd artist must be flexible and willing
to accept surface blemishes, flaws and irregular shapes, incorporating these
inconsistencies into the work. Each art piece is unique and can never be
duplicated.
The closest gourd farm is about 2 hours away, so I have a large stash of raw
gourds that I have grown or purchased over the years. I start my projects by
going out and pawing through the gourds, looking for inspiration. In the last few
years I have been gravitating toward sculptural forms. I find a gourd with an
interesting shape and get to work. First I have to clean the exterior moldy gourd
skin that forms as the gourd dries. If I am opening up the gourd, then the interior
has to be scraped and cleaned. Next the gourd is sanded, flattened so it will
stand, weighted if necessary and using a mini woodworking jigsaw, cut. Then
the design is penciled on and carved, burned and or painted onto the gourd, using
dremels, carving tools, woodburning tools and art mediums. The piece is then
embellished. Lastly the gourd is sprayed with a lightfast acrylic finish.
I live in Campbell in a fully solar home with my husband, 2 large rescue dogs
and 2 rescue cats. We have a large yard, where we grow organic vegetables,
fruits and herbs. We recently became beekeepers. As a member of the Calabash
Club of Silicon Valley I coordinate art show gourd booths and publish the club
newsletter and website. I play flute in the Saratoga Community Band. My gourd
art work has been featured in several online publications and print gourd art
books. I have won awards from the California Gourd Society and Environmental
Volunteers.

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