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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: gourd dwelling on: January 10, 2006 07:31:41 PM
The wings are real, they're from a cicada...
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: gourd dwelling on: January 10, 2006 10:43:04 AM
Heres a little closer....At least you can see the wings and more of the face...




Thanks, I'm glad you like it....I get what you mean about the creepy/beautiful thing....All compliments of the nut...The walnut idea just sort of presented itself...I had a summer in the woods and the more time I spent there the more things appeared to be not what they appear to be Wink

As far as packing away my art supplies~I'm not sure where that one came from...I guess I was at a point of mental house cleaning and I thought using primarily only what I found would bring me to a different place with my art as well.  It was much easier than I imagined- and was an unexpectedly  great reminder that art can be made anywhere with anything...

What was your potato idea? Sounds very interesting....
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted "Jinx" Bag! on: December 28, 2005 03:09:37 PM
That rocks! I like the colors too. I'm assuming it is wet felted? Did you stitch the strap on? Sorry for so many ?- I needle felt and wonder about the construction of the wet felted things~ Very cool.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: gourd dwelling...easy to carve? on: December 28, 2005 03:01:26 PM
Thanks so much!!
They do carve really easily. If you grow them it takes about 6 months for them to dry to the point of being carvable...(once you hear the seeds rattle when you shake it) If you're into gardening, they grow easily and prolifically....But you can buy them places too... A lot of times you can find them at farmers markets...I've never looked on line to try to buy them but there is a whole world of gourd obsessed people~shouldn't be hard to find~Sorry----back to your ?. Once they are dried out you can carve a hole and pull out the seeds...they form a weird brainy looking pod thing..then you can sand down the inside. Its basically like carving a dried out pumpkin.. Wink
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Goldi Doesn't Like the Bears on: December 28, 2005 02:39:34 PM
Excellent! I love your painting style...Its so soft it looks almost pastel-ish
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / gourd dwelling on: December 28, 2005 02:36:43 PM
Last summer I camped and packed away my art supplies...I decided I'd use only what I found or grew for my art.  My original idea was to carve this gourd as a big lantern....but the more I carved the more it was clearly meant to be a dwelling~  
As it turns out-I did use some fabric scraps and battery operated lights....




Here is a close-up....The gourd (which are great fun to carve~and sand very easily) is a bushel gourd...the head is a black walnut shell...hair~ basil root...the wings (if you look very closely past the crappy pic quality) are cicada wings...interior gourd carpeting is some type of lichen....moldy wallpaper-complements of the winter elements...



Here is a shot in the dark....(sorry for the quality-or lack there of....)



 Wink
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: It's a bag... wait no... it's a hat! on: December 28, 2005 12:52:48 PM
What a perfectly functional (and fashionable) accident Wink I love the story too...Good luck with your larger revenge model!
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Even more pics! Wet felted bags and scarfes... on: December 26, 2005 06:04:38 AM
Your scarves and bags are absolutely beautiful~
So well crafted and originally designed Wink Great work!!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cell Model Pillow... of DOOM! on: December 26, 2005 05:45:33 AM
That is the strangest/smartest/most perfectly odd pillow I've ever seen~You should do a series....maybe some plant cells or germs...I love it!!!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Brambly Hedge Water colour on: December 26, 2005 05:36:01 AM
Your watercolor looks wonderful! What a great job...you must have quite a gift for that to be your first effort Wink
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