She finally decided that an artist creates and can have many canvases. So to choose from craft or art is not necessary. It does not have to be a painting or a sculpture of clay, bronze or plaster to be art. Many times crafty items are just the beginning of an artist's vision. A Gourd as a canvas is definitely the most versatile canvas one could ever use. Give 100 people an identical gourd and see what you get. All will be different and will be everywhere on the scale from craft to fine art.
Creating with them for about 5 years now she can honestly say "there isn't a gourd I don't like". Each one is different and has many possibilities. Constantly amazed at the versatility of a gourd there have been many ideas that were experimental and became a great project. The wind chimes are a great example of this. The bell shaped chime was used from a discarded piece when a bowl was created from a past project. The 3/8 inch thickness of the gourd would surely hold up if the chime was designed properly with support inside to hang from and also for the chimes themselves. Visit www.artbynancyhardesty.com to see the different types of art and crafts that have been created by Nancy.
During the past 4 years she
has been known more for her "handle" as Gourdessa Great Gourds and the
popular email list Club Gourd @ Great Gourds.