Monday, September 14, 2009

Garden Peas

Before summer slips away, I'd like to show you this paper filigree piece that was in last year's exhibit. I made it as a gift for someone who enjoys growing peas each spring, thus the choice of subject material.

To be honest, I never cared too much for peas as a child, but I've certainly mended my ways. Now not only do I like to eat them, but I also admire the growing habit of the plant itself... such delicate tendrils with a surprisingly firm grasp - really quite miraculous! I enjoyed recreating that aspect in paper.

Strips of hand cut vellum were used for the pea pods, and Speck-tacular quilling paper (edit: sadly now discontinued) from Lake City Craft Company made up the majority of the plant and flowers. I find that the muted, speckled shades are a natural for plant construction and the paper is just the right weight for looping and sculpting.


Molly Smith said...

Oh I love it all, Ann! So earthy and the filigree placement is perfect! Very creative. Thanks for sharing :)


Inna D. said...

Very beautiful! I've seen it on NAQG site, and now can look even closer. Thanks for sharing!

Nati said...

what a wonderfull artwork!!!
Nati (Brasil)

Avital said...

That is adorable! The tendrils of the plant make it a particularly good subject for quilling.

Sharon B said...

beautiful Ann, really very beautiful!...... &

I eat my peas with honey ,
I have done all my life!
It makes the peas taste funny!
but keeps them on the knife!

S =)

Quill Centre said...

So beautiful and realistic! Gentle tendrils and pods are awesome.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my gosh!
your work is truly amazing!

Mary Corbet said...

This is really beautiful, Ann! I love the way it spills out of the frame!

And who woulda thunk peas could be beautiful? (Nasty green little smooshy things! ... I'm not a pea fan....)

Paper peas are different, though - I love these! Really stunning!

pam said...

Very lucky recipient of this gorgeous piece!

Melissa said...

Wow. Absolutely gorgeous!!

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