A Head in the Hand
This is a bizarre happenstance piece of crafting. I began by imagining what it would be like to fashion a hand out of gourd. Inside that hand, I imagined I would place a small orb with a face, placing it as if it were pearing out through the fingers - sort of a gothic fantasy appearance.
The plan was to measure carefully and cut the inner face orb into small pieces then reassemble once inside the hand, so assembly cracks on the orb were invisible and the visitor the page would wonder 'How did she get that orb inside those fingers?' Sort of like a ship in a bottle scenario.
However, something even more bizarre and wonderful occured in the process of putting
reality to my imaginative project. Last night, August 2, 2001, when I
cut away the surrounding area where the fingers were supposed to be in the
selected gourd, the inner seed fiber revealed itself as a face! I sat there in
my chair last night, stunned, not believing what I saw. The inner feature of the
work had already been provided for by the gourd itself -- complete with a mouth!
This is one of the most bizarre things I've ever had happen to me while gourding.
(Gourd measure 4 x 3 inches. Gourd provided by my own garden a few years ago. The background image to this page is what I sketched and planned to do. Compare that to the image the gourd provided.)
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