Saturday, October 20, 2012

Show, Quail, and Cork

I will be carting my gourds to the Artistic License Fair in Costa Mesa next Friday and Saturday.  This is a new show for me and I am looking forward to seeing a variety of art and craft, talking "gourd" with people, and hopefully enjoying some pleasant Fall weather.  For more information please visit their website:

In addition to working on projects for this show, I have been creating a California Quail gourd that someone requested at a recent summer show.  I enjoy doing projects that I normally wouldn't choose myself because I like the challenge and I always learn new things.  I originally photographed him against a dark cloth but he looks so much better outside in the grass.

My third on-going project has been "assembling" a 3X3 cork bulletin board.  It started out as a wannabe magnetic board, but due to not recognizing the difference between metal and aluminum, and then trying to use a magnetic paint (don't even bother!), it has been transformed into a wine cork board!
As soon as I put the word out that I needed corks, they started to magically appear;  usually in baggies, sometimes in a brown paper bag on my doorstep, and sometimes in a box almost filled with them!  I still have a small section to complete (black area) but now that it is almost finished I am almost sad that it will be covered up with push pinned memos, to-do lists, and doodled ideas.

When I look at the corks I see my family and friends.  I see them enjoying a meal, having fun with their friends, getting together with their family, or celebrating a special occasion.   Some corks I know I can trace to certain family members or know who you are Kirkland wine drinkers!