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The Mother Tree, Gourd Lamp by ART-fromthe-HEART The Mother Tree, Gourd Lamp by ART-fromthe-HEART
Here's something different - and my first piece ever made for a museum! :0

The Cameron Art Museum, in Wilmington NC, held a call for artists for their December show called "The Art of Illumination". In their open call, artists could submit illustrated project plans for any piece of work that would be lit by a provided LED lamp light. As a crazy gourd person, I submitted a crazy gourd lamp. And I like trees. So, the Mother Tree!

I *almost* bit off more than I could chew. Artists were given a month to complete their projects after proposals were accepted. And that was delayed a week due to hurricane Matthew. But I went full steam ahead. 118 hours later (no joke, I kept track), the Mother Tree was ready for the show.

This gourd lamp is 19" tall and 14" wide. It's composed of over 20 gourds. A single gourd makes the entire lamp body, which has been carved and cut with a jigsaw while I used clay to sculpt the textures by hand. The canopy contains the rest of the gourds and made 721 individual leaves, which are crushed/cut/trimmed/sanded gourd fragments. At least 100 glass gems were embedded into the bottom for a colorful glow. This was a serious learning project, there were so many steps involved! It broke my brain several times. And I still can't feel the ends of my thumbs. :P

Blood, sweat, and tears were totally worth it. The "Art of Illumination" show will be up starting December 2nd through January 8th 2017. If you're near or traveling by Wilmington, NC, check it out!... for only my second gourd lamp, I'm pretty proud of myself. XD LOL
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:iconzebra2912:
Zebra2912 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
This is so much beautiful <3 
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
<3 Thank you
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espritnoir Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
that is an absolutely lovely piece of art.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks!
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Yuryi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Clap 
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:iconmaxrunn:
Maxrunn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
this is amazing
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:iconart-fromthe-heart:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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Catakumba Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
I want this, I really love trees
Amazing and beautiful.
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:iconart-fromthe-heart:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Trees for the win! <3 I love them too. Thanks! :)
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Erozja Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
Congrats on DD! Heart
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconsoulfulwingedone:
SoulfulWingedOne Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This is so pretty:D
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:iconart-fromthe-heart:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: Thank you!
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SoulfulWingedOne Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :la:
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
well done
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow:
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Congrats on the DD
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:iconart-fromthe-heart:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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:iconrokego:
rokego Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
very cool!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:la:
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rokego Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
?
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Sweet!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:dance:
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is a glorious lamp! Love the concept, love the design and how it looks when lit up. Congrats on the DD!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
<3 Thank you! It was quite the experiment! (Blood, sweat, tears, and OCD). LOL
:la:
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Very cool work ^.^
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:iconart-fromthe-heart:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: Thanks!
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:iconleviadraconia:
LeviaDraconia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
:deviantart: Congrats on the DD! :heart: :clap: :deviantart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
WOO! :dance:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Very unique!
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:iconart-fromthe-heart:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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glasslinger Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work! Well deserved DD..
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
O.o I got a DD? Wow!
thanks! <3
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:icongopalart:
GopalArt Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017   General Artist
Amazing.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive:
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Zeppelinrose67 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's pretty trippy.

Very interesting, beautiful =)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, sweet. :P Thanks! :D
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:iconsenwiz:
senwiz Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Stunning!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Crazy beautiful! :heart: 
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart: Thank you!
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Amigo-Rosenstein Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016
Very creative , and beautiful, and have a nice day.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thank you very much, you have a wonderful day too!
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Amigo-Rosenstein Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
You are welcome.
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow... That's absolutely gorgeous! :heart: This would definitely be a piece I'd love to see in a museum! :D All that time and work you've put into this definitely shows. Just... Absolutely gorgeous! :heart: 
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :hug: It's a project I won't soon forget! :heart: I'll see if I can take some photos/video at the museum if I can go back while the exhibit is up! My lamp is one of 40 in the exhibit, I'm curious to see the others. :meow:
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :hug: I would be surprised if you did, honestly. That'd be so awesome though! :D Hope you get to go and enjoy the other pieces as well! :D
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GlauxBryonia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well worth the work, I'd say! It is a beautiful lamp. I really love your choice for autumn colours. The coloured glass at the bottom is a stroke of genius!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I LOVE autumn colors (and since where I live the trees refused to turn colorful, just go from green to brown, I thought I'd make my own colorful tree. LOL). XD I wasn't sure how the embedded glass gems would look but I'm glad I went for it! :heart:
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