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Working with a “canvas” created by nature, artist Dixie Guldner uses the imperfections of gourds as the foundation of the images she creates. First she washes a gourd with warm water, and then scrubs it clean with a copper scratch pad. The gourd’s inside is scraped clean.The design is drawn in pencil then etched with a wood burning tool and leather dye.

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Gourds ‘speak’ to artist

It takes time to develop transformed image

Dixie Guldner’s great gourd ideas grow gradually. She sits a dirty gourd on her living room table and gets used to it.

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