I have been "gourding" for 20 years- I cannot even believe it has been that long but it has!
Over the years I have made some gourd "oncers" which is my word for I just want to make it once, just so that I have the experience. Like the gourd lamp, the flute, the kalimba and the kaleidoscope.
A mask was something that I had not yet tried. Lots of people have made masks, they even have a history of being used by Native Americans, and they are a popular art form today.
That all being said, I started working on this in February and my original intention was to use real feathers to decorate it, much like other mask artists use. However as I started burning in the small feathers on the surface, I decided instead to use actual gourd pieces to turn into more feathers.
I am Jenn Avery, gourd artist of over 20 years. Art has always been a part of my life, and my work has taken many twists and turns and I have worked in almost every medium available.