Volume 11, Number 113
In this issue
The Illuminating Life of Tami Redding
The Bulletin Board: News From Northern Dipper
Create Your Own Gourd Luminaire!
The Gourd Gardener: Starting Up Those Seeds!
Out Of The Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
Get ready because the spring workshop season is about to begin!
Our March workshop schedule is up and it is new, fresh and exciting. Sign up soon as these workshops fill up quickly.
March 7 - Ringed Dream Catcher
March 8 - Sculpture
March 14 - Mexican Braid
March 15 - Lacing
March 21 - Fall Beauty
March 22 - Celtic Knots
March 28 - Cottage Luminaire
March 29 - Butterfly Vase
For more information click here:
Growing Your Own Art Supplies Is A Blast!
Add some zip to your garden and grow some gourds. Along a fence, up a trellis or spread along the ground, the reward is a unique plant to add to your garden repertoire. To view our large selection of seeds click here:
Gourd lights must look good when not lit up. Here are a few of Tami's lanterns both lit and unlit.
Day and night....
Words Of Advice For New Artists
"When you come across a challenge, just keep playing with it. Don't get frustrated if it doesn't turn out exactly how you envision it; gourds are always a work in progress."
"Each piece is different, it has its own quirks. When working with gourds you are working with imperfect objects, that's part of the art experience."
"My plans are to continue creating gourd lights. I don't plan on attempting other variations of gourd art. With that being said, I plan on improving my technical skills and progressing in my chosen art. In short, I love getting lost in the designing of my next gourd luminaire."
Gourd Lanterns From Around The World
One of the most well-known artists in the world of gourd illumination is Polish artist Premek Krawczynski, also known as Calabarte. We featured Calabarte in Volume 86 and were, and still are, fascinated by both the artist and his art.
To learn more about Calabarte click here:
Turkish artist Nurettin Taskaya has exhibited his gourd lanterns around the world. In addition to creating wonderful lamps he also grows his own gourds shaping them during growing into the shapes he wants for his lamp art. Nurettin was featured in Gourd Fever's Issue 34.
Nurettin uses glass beads in his designs.
For a YouTube video on gourd lanterns using LED Christmas lights click here:
It's A Dog's Life
Co-Existence Between Animals Can Work!
I met a friend the other day who has the fortune (or in some people's opinion misfortune) of "collecting" animals. Presently Erin has 4 dogs and 6 cats. Two of the dogs are strays and four of the cats just showed up at her door. There is also Bruno, the cat from the corner, who would rather live at her house than his own and visits
Interestingly enough all co-exist beautifully to the point where at various times of the day you can see the dogs and 2 of the cats walking and exploring the fields together. It is a very cool scene.
When bringing a new animal into the house there are a couple of things that should be considered. They are -
Dogs: Some breeds of dogs have a very high prey instinct. Terriers are notorious for this but even these little dogs can be taught to live with cats.
When introducing a dog to cats keep the dog on a leash. Every time he makes a move towards the cat give his leash a jerk to the side and say 'Leave it." Give him a special treat when he responds appropriately. Be patient and consistent during this training.
Once he masters this let him go leaving his leash on. If he goes after the cat correct him. Make sure to watch him as that prey instinct does not disappear over night.
Use a baby gate to keep the dogs and cats separated if there is a single doubt on the interaction when you go out. Some people use a baby gate to introduce animals as well. They can see and smell each other but the gates guarantee that both will be safe.
Cats: Lock up the dog and let the cat wander the house. This will allow the scent of the cat to scatter which will be the first step in letting the dog know and accept another animal into his space.
Next lock up the cat and let the dog wander. He will pick up on the scent which will help him realize that the cat is part of the household.
Getting back to my friend for a moment, it should be noted that she is not an animal hoarder. Any more cats or dogs that find her will be found good homes she promises!
Music Pick Of The Month
The Artist: Acker Bilk
Stranger On The Shore
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