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« 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....)

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2005 02:39:25 PM »

wow that is gorgeous! I've always wanted to make a gourd thing; how do you hollow it out? Is it hard?

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2005 02:40:52 PM »

that is quite awesome

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« Reply #3 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

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2006 09:59:02 PM »

That's really cool!  I wish I could see the inside better.  From what I can tell, it's beautiful, but I'd love a close-up shot! 

Very beautiful!

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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2006 09:33:23 AM »

i love it! its gorgeous.

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2006 03:26:26 AM »

I think the black walnut shell makes a very creepy and amazing head. creepy in a good way I mean...eerie. this is truly beautiful.

now do you suppose I could do something similar to this with a potato? I made a post about it somewhere...I had a very similar idea to yours!

also this is rather personal and you don't have to answer(obviously), but you made me very curious when you said you packed all your art supplies away and have decided to just use what you find and grow...mind if I ask why? I don't mean to be nosey. okay yes I do. haha. Smiley

I do a lot of things with found objects but I could never pack away my paint and pens and such. eeek!
« Reply #7 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....

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2006 06:01:26 PM »

oh now that's cool. did you use real wings?

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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2006 07:31:41 PM »

The wings are real, they're from a cicada...

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