The gourds we used in the workshop were Chinese bottle gourds.
|my gourd doll - a flower child /hippy fiddler?|
|Workshop dolls - Christmas sprite by Jane Lambert , and my doll|
|Flower doll also completed in the workshop by Lee Hennequin|
|Balloon seller - gourd art doll by tutor, Janice Laurent|
Gourds continued to be used throughout history, in almost every culture throughout the world. European contact in North America found extensive gourd use, including the use of bottle gourds as birdhouses to attract purple martins, which provided bug control for agriculture. Almost every culture had musical instruments made of gourds, including drums, stringed instruments common to Africa and wind instruments, including the nose flutes of the Pacific.T Gourds have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film and food. (From Wikipedia). There are many wonderful gourd artists worldwide One of my favourites is John Hernandez,whose gourds are beatifully painted, highly polished and embellished with sewn pine needles. I also admire the work of Serena Kovalsky whose gourds are organic sculptures ... here is a video of some of her amazing work.