Claudia Joseph: Holyland Art Makes Its Mark In Israel
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Out of the Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
Getting Ready For Spring!
Gourd Seeds Will Soon Be Available
I have to be honest and admit that I loved having a green Christmas here in Ontario. The warm temperatures revitalized me and actually got me excited to start my work with my spring planting plans.
In the next couple of weeks, Northern Dipper will begin doing the sequence of germination testing of our new gourd seeds. Once the seeds past their germination tests they will be packaged and ready for sale in February.
Gourd seed availability will be updated on the website once testing is done. If you want to get a jump on gourd growing information you will find lots of information in the previous issues of Gourd Fever found through our website.
(For tips on seed germination go into Back Issues and check out Issue 85)
Claudia Joseph (Owner of Holyland Art)
"Art takes me to another dimension. My work makes me feel fulfilled and genuinely happy. I wish everyone could experience that feeling."
"Gourds are not a known art form in Israel and it took me a long time to search out a gourd supplier. I finally found someone 30 km away and went and bought about 15 gourds of all shapes and sizes."
"The gourds that were twisted and "crazy-looking" were the ones I loved the best. I could not wait to return to my garden to begin to play."
"During my working career I worked closely with renown designers and have multitudes of Art and Design journals. I spend time on the Internet looking for new trends. Through this I learn new directions and get lots of inspiration."
"I walk through the streets and take photographs. My camera is my constant companion. I look at the displays in shop windows and analyze good commercials."
"I hike and am inspired by Nature. I think about and develop my ideas and even though a piece of art may begin one way, it does not mean that it will look that way once it's done."
Words of Advice for New Artists
"Just start creating something you think of because in the process of work, you connect to a heavenly energy that helps with the flow of creation. Connect with other artists. Today it is much more easy due to the Internet."
"I love to travel, many times on my own. I have been to India, and frequently travel throughout Europe. Last year I went to Andalusia and Morocco which greatly influenced my art. It is my dream to go to a gourd festival in the US and meet the women doing their work on them."
"I also like to ride my bike down hidden paths ending up in an unknown and sometimes dangerous situations. It is a good way to get the adrenaline going."
"I have taken a great fondness of working with clay and creating ceramic ware on a wheel. I also create home printed textiles. My husband laughs and says I buy new clothes just to alter them."
"There is almost nothing that comes into my hands that is not transformed into something special. Life can be so much fun. It is all what you make it."
January and February are a couple of my favorite months to work on gourds. This is the time I get to be creative and start planning what my spring, summer and fall workshops are going to be.
There will be some fun and new workshops this year and of course some of the more popular classes will be returning. If you have something you would like to learn or suggest please let me know and I will see what we can come up with.
This year we will be offering something new. It is "Book Your Own Workshop!" If you see a workshop you and your friends are interested in taking, you can book your choice of date and time. A minimum of 3 students are required for this booking.
So keep this in mind...we will have our workshop schedules firmed up and up on our website within the next couple of months. We are looking forward to another successful year of Northern Dipper workshops....we'll see you there!