lboop on Feb 26, 2014
A lovely ornament. Thanks for it and the shipping.
Where Art and Design Come Naturally
It all started very much like a Jack and the Beanstalk story - with some seeds. I grew the seeds into some beautiful birdhouse gourds and had no idea what I should do with them. I Googled “drying gourds” and found a gateway into an unimaginably beautiful form of art—the art gourd.
I dried the gourds and, in winter 2006, purchased a wood-burning tool and began creating gourd art. I use gourd dye and watercolor pencils for color and occasionally adds wrapped pine needles, laurel wood, hand blown glass beads, or other natural objects for accents.
“I find drawing on a curved surface with a hot tool makes all the difference for me. It’s a very comfortable and natural feeling for me to sit down with a gourd and allow it to speak to me, The natural flaws, discolorations, breaks and deformities all pose intriguing design possibilities. Every gourd is unique and full of character—I have to bring the best of that character out and play with it.”
The topics and themes for my work is nature, primarily northeastern American flora and fauna. “I grew up outside and learned to love the outdoors from a very early age. Creating something on a naturally grown object that reflects the natural world feels harmonious and brings me peace. Also, studying the fur patterns on a rabbit’s face or seeing the detail in a pine branch makes you that much more aware and appreciative of the everyday beauty that surrounds us all.”
The gourd crop of 2006 failed due to ever-extreme weather and I began to purchase gourds from Welbourne Gourd Farm in California. The Californian climate, by the nature of a longer hotter growing season, produces a much thicker and uniformly colored gourd. Either way, the gourd is a sturdy and useful natural vessel and has been as such since the domestication of humans.
I am a licensed landscape architect with a B.S. from Ohio State University. I have had no formal art training. When I'm not working full-time, or taking care of my home along with my husband, daughter, puppy, 6 cats and guinea pig, I try and work on my gourds. I find the time working on a design and detailing it out, finding that perfect piece of wood to compliment the shape of the gourd all is so rewarding - I just wish I could find more time! But don't we all!
I love the outdoors & everything natural so it's not surprising I found creative inspiration in gourds. I love everything about them - & find my zen moments working on a design. I also believe in upcycling, recycling & protecting our earth. Enjoy!
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