Today is Earth Day, and since many of us are already familiar with the idea of reduce/reuse/recycle, I thought it would be fun to focus on a different way to honor our planet: making 3D art with natural materials. Don’t get me wrong–I’m all about the 3 R’s. For example, going digital is a big way to reduce while still reaping benefits (check out this download of Cloth Paper Scissors, for example. It includes a feature article on 11 ways to artfully recycle).
Some of you know that I manage our family vineyard. We’ve just finished pruning our 426 vidal blanc vines, leaving us with more than 1,000 manicured trimmings. Last year we burned them, but after last fall’s harvest, I knew that something amazing could be done with them instead. When I remembered that Earth Day was coming up, I decided to attempt working with the vines by making star wreaths. I’ve always loved the look of them.
Disclaimer: I know this is a little more on the crafty side of things, but even if this project doesn’t make you want to go out and make a star wreath, my hope is that it inspires you to look around today and see what sparks an idea for you and your art.
|I delighted my senses with a trip
to the fabric store. There, I found
several swatches that would fit
the look of a grapevine star wreath.
I cut them in about 12×1-inch
strips to add color to my future
• First, I gathered 15 vines (three for each of the star’s five lines).
• I then laid them on a table and used hemp cord to tie the ends of each set as well as the crossing points on the inside of the star, being careful to maintain the overall shape.
• Lastly, I tied a strip of bright yellow fabric around each point.
I’m still experimenting with more ways use the grapevines for art. For example, on one star I painted the vines completely black and used beige hemp cord to tie the star together, creating a nice color contrast. I’ve also made three miniature stars, tying them with red, white, and blue yarn for an Americana look, and then stringing them together on a longer vine. Next? I’m going to try my hand at making a larger three-dimensional object. Wish me luck! If you have suggestions for how to artistically use these vines, if you’ve tried using vines or sticks in art before, or if this has given you new ideas for your own projects, tell us on the blog! Leave a comment and automatically be entered to win a goody box of free art supplies. The winner will be randomly chosen on April 29, 2015.*
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