Volume 2, Number 20
In this Issue:
Grand Opening at Northern Dipper (Cookstown)
Featured Artist: June Snook -Botanical Illustrator and Gourd Artist
September Gourd Growing Report
Gourd Sightings & Trivia
Gourd Fest 2006
Birdhouse by Annie Boquist
Annie likes to incorporate items from nature into her art. The moss and twigs compliment the natural markings of the gourd.
This is another piece by Annie Boquist. The top is woven sea bull kelp. Note the opening in the top. I believe this may be a container for a captured fish.
The simplicity of Bonnie MacLeod's Hummingbird was truly lovely.
This birdhouse by Melanie Daniels
didn't win any ribbons because there wasn't enough gourd showing. It did however bring
a smile to everyones lips which is all part
of the fun at Gourd Fest.
Brigette Thompson's Tree Frog.
Lois Dean carved the CGS Logo in a demo at Gourd Fest. This is a Guatemalan gourd and as you can see from the depth of the carving, it
is nice and thick. When you order, make sure to fill in the Comment section. Let us know what you plan to do i.e. carve, paint, wood burn. It will help us fill your order and will guarantee that you will be another satisfied shopper at Northern Dipper!
Steve Genereaux of Unconventional Art created this elegant vase.
Steve also makes a line of food safe bowls that can be used from everything from
soup to summer salads.
Steve Genereaux posing with his Award Winning Chalice. This is made with 5 different gourds and is embellished with hemp string.
Jeri Toth woodburned this little barn owl.
The gold rim was very original and set
off the gourd quite nicely.
OOPS...We made a mistake...
This charming green gourd was created by Louise Warner-MacDougall, not by Barbara Bellchambers as stated in last
months newsletter. Sorry Louise...
Sign up for a membership with the Canadian Gourd Society.
To view the CGS Website click here.
"In the meantime, I got to dreaming about all the possibilities for designing on gourds. I thought.....WOW......here's a chance and a medium to use my botanical illustration techniques."
June with her stallion Tradition.
June and her husband breed "McCurdy Plantation" horses. They ship semen to mares across the nation.
June's "Primrose" won a 1st Place ribbon at last years CGS Gourd Fest.
"I have recently become interested in the Maori designs from New Zealand and their earthy colours that have symbolic significance to them."
"Each gourd is my inspiration.
Each gourd tells me what to put on it.
I feel the need to put everything "natural" on a gourd. I am not into telling a human story on a gourd. I am into augmenting the gourd's own story with whatever natural design I can come up with to fit each individual piece. Botanical designs have seemed to be what makes me the happiest."
"I also love the flower and leaf design techniques of Art Nouveau. I just feel for me to use the natural colours of the gourd alone and with burning bring the best of my designs."
June's Upland Game Bird Dogs
Gourd Rattle Pics
# 2 - Soak your gourds in a large tub or garbage can. Here Jade is patiently waiting. She just loves making gourd rattles!
You may have to weigh the gourds down with blocks as gourds just love to float!
#3 - Rough clean them using a silver scrubbie.
#4 - Cutting the end of the gourd off.
Close-up of cut top of gourd.
#6 - Cleaning the inside of the gourd using a Northern Dipper long handled scraper. It makes the job fast and easy and can be used with all types of gourds.
#7 - Gourds drying outside in the sun for a day or two.
#8 - Line up sections to make sure
they belong to the right bulb. Notice
that the B section in the middle gourd had to be turned around in order to line up with the bulb.
#9 - Lightly sand the ends of the
#9 - White glue has amazing contact abilities with wood and gourds.
#10 - Place a small wad of Kleenex inside the end of the handle. You want your noise-makers to stay in the bulb of the gourd.
Gourds can be decorated using a large variety of techniques. This dipper gourd is a Shekere with the net and beads around the bulb end. To see more click here.
Different gourds can be used to make different styles of rattles. These gourds are calabash which Northern Dipper sells. To view more rattles click here.
It was the desire of artist Raymond Powers to create works that others
could use to express their own "inner music" that led him to his trademark creations: ceremonial gourd rattles.
To learn more about how to carve this design click on the www.hgtv link listed on the left under the Raymond Powers link.
Gourd Growing In September
It will take 2 to lift this beauty.
Look under the leaves to find the gourds.
The Minis will dry quite quickly compared to the hard-shell gourds. You can harvest the Minis once the vines are dead.
Marankas are a magnet for attention
when on the vine.
Gourd Sightings -
at Kempenfest Arts & Craft Festival
I spotted this gourd while attending Kempenfest, a famous arts and crafts festival in Barrie, Ontario. The artist, Madeline MacLean, was a Vendor. Madeline and her husband Glen are these incredible broom makers. They use exotic woods for the handles and throughout the day, as I walked around the festival, I could see Madeline & Glen's unusual brooms tucked under peoples' arms.
This is impressive...
Heather Jansch - UK Artist -
Bronze and Driftwood Sculpture
An artist's treasure - Driftwood and
tree roots - What a find!
A work in progress.
Driftwood pony at the beach
Thank you Willo Treschow for
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