Volume 7, Number 79
In this issue:
Marla Helton - Weaving Discoveries Into Success
The Bulletin Board: News From Northern Dipper
The Art of Growing Gourds
Out of the Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
Ball's Falls Thanksgiving Festival Craft Show & Sale
When: October 7 - 10, 2011
Where: Balls Falls Conservation Area
One hundred and forty artisans, live entertainment, children's attractions and more make for a fun time at the Balls Falls Show. See you there!
London Arts and Craft Show
When:October 21 - 23, 2011
Where: Canada Building at the Western Fairground in London, Ontario
To learn more:
"When I first got accepted
into top juried art shows I
found it very imtimidating. It was early on in the gourd movement and my work
was so different than what people were use to."
"What happened was that I found immediate acceptance, appreciation and success. This gave me the courage to continue moving into new and unexplored areas."
"I was an art major at high school but was always told that you can't make a dependable living in art so I went to college and got a degree in social work. Although I loved social work I found that working 9 - 5 was sucking the life right out of me. When my first child was born in 1980 I became a stay at home mom."
"During those early years with my sons I was fortunate to be able to explore working with natural materials that I grew in my garden and incorporated those into various artful arrangements. Working with natural materials prepared me for working with weaving materials."
"My inspiration often comes from just seeing something that I like and seeing how it will work with gourds and weaving. I tend to go through phases where I really find inspiration for a colour or an element and I let that move my art."
Words Of Advice For
"I would encourage all new artists to develop a few basic skills that interest them and then move into new areas."
"Taking a few classes is a great way to get started because that gives you the opportunity to see what you do and don't like (don't expect to like everything!)"
"Don't be afraid to try something and if it doesn't work don't be dismayed...you may just find some aspect of it that does work. I always tell my students that a mistake is
and can be a creative opportunity!"
"I am a member of the Indiana Gourd Society but teach for many gourd groups including the Florida Gourd Society. I am a member of and teach for many basket weaving groups throughout the US including the Association of Michigan Basket Weavers, North Carolina Basketweavers Association, Misti Washington Gourd and Basketry Association in California."
"There are many wonderful gourd artists out there and I find I am drawn to the ones who branch out into new and unexplored areas. I also love the art of those who follow established patterns...it is all beautiful work."
"I plan to continue along the same path that I have chosen. I love teaching throughout the U.S. and have thought about doing the same outside of the U.S.
"Since I support myself with
my work, I need to continue to follow whatever opportunities present themselves. I hope to continue to discover new approaches to weaving and gourds for many years to come!"
The Art of Growing Gourds
While drying the skin on many gourds will separate from the gourds as seen in the above photo.
This cannonball has a beautiful mottled pattern.
There are always gourds that are hidden under the
This gourd looked mature when harvested but as you can see it was not. As it dryed it collapsed in on itself.
Out of the Mailbag
A female flower is at the top and at the bottom a male looking like he is getting ready to pounce!
Good morning ladies!
Gareth Pearson here from Saanich, Vancouver Island just checking in to let you know how my late season gourd growing is going.
I finally got a female flower during the last days of August and although I've had a couple others I didn't bother pollinating. As a matter of fact I went out last night and pruned all the vines except the one that holds my prize gourd.
Isn't she a beauty!
Now the challenge will be to keep the vine alive long
enough to let this gourd
mature. I'm still crossing my fingers for its survival.
Will keep in touch,
Saanich, Vancouver Island
PS The apples did very well this year in both quality and quantity. Usually this old variety gets scab but this year they were picture perfect.
Happened to catch Fahrenheit 911 the other night; a film by Michael Moore. A gourd was spotted in a clip of a little girl grinding corn. She was pouring the corn into a gourd bowl.
To learn more about this film click here:
It's A Dog's Life
Mickey's pack includes two humans, two cats plus daily feline neighbourhood visitors and four laying hens.
When the hens are out in
the garden, Mickey often has
2 or 3 swirling about his legs. He doesn't mind though - he has figured out that is where the eggs come from. Yupp, it's a dog's life for sure!
Music Pick of the Month
This is Okavango: An African Orchestra
The song: Khaira
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