Thursday, August 2, 2007

Ipu (Dried Gourd)--Fabric Postcard

(Ipu, Fabric Postcard, 4" x 6")

Another photo transfer in my Blue Hawaii series, it is a photograph of one of our ipu's, dried gourds. This postcard will be donated to the Alzheimer's Quilt Project.

In Polynesian entertainment, the dried gourd is used as a percussion instrument when the musician or dancer taps the side or bottom with rhythmic beats. In ancient Hawaii, the dried gourd also had a practical use as containers. Today it has many additional uses. The gourd is used to create jewelry, sculpture and other art. Barbara Krans Jenkins is a colored pencil artist who uses the dried gourd as a ground for her art. Her designs are carved in and on the gourd. She uses a woodburning tool to draw lines and applies color with colored pencils. The ipu has evolved in its use over time. What other uses can we find for the gourd? Imagine...

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