13 February 2018

Art work on easels in my studio.

Art in progress
Art in progress

10 August 2017

Reworked earlier piece to add more definition. Now on display in Remuera Gallery, Auckland.

Vine Art

During winter, when you prune your grape vine, keep some of the long, thin branches and create vine art.  I made a rustic looking vine ball and it looks great hanging from the pergola over my courtyard table.  I made this ball by bending one long branch into a circular shape approximately 30 cm across.  I tied the overlapping ends together with thin wire.  Then I bent more branches around this vine circle, weaving them through,  attaching them to each other at intervals where they touched, with wire, until a sphere started to form.  Just make sure you space the branches sort of evenly around to prevent big spaces. Use plenty of branches so you get a sturdy ball.  The small curly tendrils springing up over the ball make it look amazing.  If you have used thin steel wire then you won’t notice the wire against the colour of the vines.

Vine Art
Vine branches woven into a ball

My next vine project will be an obelisk that can be used as decoration or as a climbing frame for tomato plants.  I will probably use bamboo stakes (which I have growing along a boundary) as the uprights and then wind vine branches around.  I noticed these examples in a local garden centre and I’ll use these for inspiration.

Garden obelisks

 

 

Pomegranate Harvest

Growing pomegranates

I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the flowers on my newly planted pomegranate shrub, swelling promisingly into an actual fruit. Not only were the shrubs only relatively recently planted, but also we don’t have what I would call a Mediterranean climate! But sure enough one precious fruit was growing.  I checked on it every day for what seemed like many months until I deemed it to be harvest time. The glowing red hue, the uneven bumpy shape and the hollow sound when I tapped it – all signs that it was ready. I was rewarded with a bowl of delicious scarlet seeds which I added to fruit salads for my family.

Ripe pomegranate
Ripe pomegranate