Accoutrements....

...or embellishments.  Before the final coat on a window panel, vessel or lamp, I use organic material to add a bit of intrest.  I usually head to The Villagers on Haywood Road in West Asheville.  Bits of beeswax for flowers in a field, chopped oat straw strewn across a pasture, dried rhodiola branches for light dirt.  

But I was stumped on this large commission piece.  The clients wanted fall leaves and a path (needing "darker" dirt.  And that's the fun of doing commission work....listening to the clients and capturing their vision in fiber.

Then one morning I'm out in our garden, deadheading, and voila!  Strawflowers and marigolds for the leaves and magnolia leaves for the dirt!  Pick a passel of those and dried them on my years old drying screen and they are perfect.

I feel like Dorthy, "...there's no place like home."!

 

WONDERMENT WEDNESDAY....through an artist's eyes.

I do and see so many fabulous things in my travels around Asheville.  And I get lost in the studio creating art.  I forget to blog about them, specifically "Wonderment Wednesdays".  And I need to take a breath and do better. So yesterday was Wednesday, and I went forth and saw a great Asheville store, and here's what I found.

I've been wanting to incorporate local organics into my art.  Now that idea came to me...a gift from the Universe, but I didn't know exactly what it meant.  These "directives" come, and are sometimes not too specific.  I have to be open to them and hunt them down - ferret them out, so to speak.

Yesterday, I stopped at The Villagers on Haywood Road in Asheville.   Wow!  Now this is a store for sustainable living.  Natalie has such a treasure trove of supplies:  additives for soil, tools for inside and outside your home.   Classes on all sorts of wonderful topics, such as canning and home dairy.  Stop by the shop, or check them out on line!

 

What I was over the moon over was the shelves of wonderful glass containers full of all sorts of botanicals.   Nettles, calendula petals, oat straw, rhodiola, beeswax, hibiscus, to name a few!   Now I could use those calendula for the banks of flowers along our roads in summer.  Oat straw and nettles could be fields.   Rhodiola could become dirt and mountain paths.   So I plunged in and brought those treasures to the studio.

So today, I am beginning to attach those calendula petals to a lighted pieces titled "Harvest".  I get back to you about how that goes.  But regardless of the outcome, it was a day full of Wonderment!

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