Liza lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she raises her family and gourds. After 25 years of designing fabric and textiles, she has started applying her designs onto her gourds. Hard-shelled "Laginaria" gourds are cousins to the pumpkin/squash family. After harvesting, the gourds take six to nine months to dry and become permanently hardened like wood.
Drawn by color, form, and patterns in nature, her hand-painted and carved designs enhance the beautiful round shapes of the gourds.
She finds it exciting and gratifying to be able to step out into the gourd patch and have the luxury of picking which shape of gourd feels right to work with that day. Her mood and feel for the shape of the gourd guide her spontaneously as her designs emerge.
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December 07, 2006