skinny scarves, gourd art, jewellery, decorations
Discovering hard shell gourds in 2001 was life changing! Suddenly, gourds became my canvas as I incorporated various other skills into my gourd art.
Born and raised in Port Hope, Ontario, I learned a variety of art and craft skills from my Mother; outdoor sports and skills from my Father.
I continue to learn new skills. After focusing on Recreation in University and then obtaining my teaching degree, my husband and I moved to Bechko, Northwest Territories. There, we lived and taught for 13 years, immersed in the Dene culture.
In my Lakefield home studio, I hand carve, power carve, pyro-engrave, paint, stain, dye, sculpt onto, weave, and generally use my imagination to make visually pleasing and tactile gourd art. Although I mainly use Ontario grown gourds, I purchase thicker gourds from the southern United States for deep carving. I have recently been using the ancient Japanese skill of braiding, adding Kumihimo to gourds, as well as making unique necklaces and bracelets.
Barbara can be seen at A Queensview Christmas location this year.