Jane A. Wilson
I was born and raised in Southeast Kansas, I developed an enthusiasm for all sorts of art and crafts at an early age. Starting with sewing projects in 4-H as a child to Tole painting as a young adult.
I was introduced to Gourds as an art medium at an Art Walk in Downtown Parsons, Kansas. The artist who won Best of Show was a Gourd Artist. Her use of color and wood burning techniques intrigued me. I had worked with my late husband making decoys years earlier. I did all the wood burning and painting, so I knew I could use these same techniques used on gourds. With further search on the internet I found videos showing basic gourd art techniques.
When I moved to Kansas City I joined the Kansas City Gourd Patch, a part of the Show Me Gourd Society of Missouri. At the Patch meeting we were shown other techniques that were used on gourds such as gold leafing, coiling, wood burning, power carving, gourd finishing and many others.
Coiling, a basket weaving technique, has become a favorite of mine. I use Danish Cord as the warp and waxed Irish linen thread as the weft to coil on top of a gourd. I like to use a lot of color in my work so I hand dye the cord to match the design on the gourd. I often combine open and closed coiling on a piece. The fun part is no two gourds are alike in size, shape, or color so each piece in unique. I use other basket weaving techniques on gourds such as pine needle weaving, Tenerife, or Twinning.
I currently live near Portland, Oregon. I work with the Columbia Basin Basket Guild and Portland Hand Weavers Guild to show my gourd art and teach classes
I am an award-winning Gourd Artist, recently winning Best of Advanced Division at the Show Me Gourd Art Festival in Missouri.
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