When it gets cold, the Flower has to play inside.
So I invite friends over to make things.
This weekend, a group of creative folks decorated all sorts of things with napkins.
I have a napkin collection you see. I search far and wide for beautiful napkins.
My friends do, too. Then we get together and share our paper treasures.
We sit around a big table covered with supplies: ModPodge glue, glitter, scissors, sponge brushes and paper plates to work on.
We peel napkins down to one ply, cut them in sections
and glue them onto anything we care to embelish.
There was a wide assortment of objects.
There was also some new talent at the table.
I always enjoy watching other artist at work.
I learn something new every time I have a “workshop.”
It’s a cheap thrill.
“He is the richest man, who has the cheapest treasures.”
I love my napkin collection, but my friends are my treasures.
I met an amazing artist, Tom Gow, at the Moses Cone Estate last weekend.
He was out on the front porch demonstrating his craft.
I wish I had had the time to watch him work. He studies the shape of the wood and lets it guide him on what form it should become.
Tom makes whimsical pieces of art out of various types of wood and from the bark of dead Canadian Cottonwood trees.
He had been carving for about ten years, when he saw an article in a carving magazine about bark carving. He took a class from the artist in that article. His love of the bark carving shows through in these magical pieces.
My favorite is the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. This is Tom’s favorite, also.
I also thought Rapunzel’s Tower was wonderful.
The tiny, crooked details in each piece make it special and unique.
Tom is a member of the Southern Highland Artist Guild.
His contact through them is http://southernhighlandguild.org/tombarkcarving.
FLOWER on the Move.