Paper and canvas, stone and wood have been popular artistic mediums for thousands of years.
Langley's Phyllis Sabean is bringing a modern approach to another medium that is almost as old - gourds.
Sabean, who operates An Eye Full Creations, did a retreat last year to learn about gourd art, although she first ran across references to it in a book she found 15 years ago.
The material allows a wide variety of techniques to be used, she said.
Gourds can be carved, wood-burned and/or painted, just as you would a beautiful piece of wood.
It's an extension of her work with sculpture and mixed media.
"Sharing an appreciation of mixed media has led me to my fascination of working on hard-shell gourds," Sabean wrote on her website. "Gourds led me to working with wonderful environmentally friendly jewelry."
Many of the items she creates are suitable for use as outdoor decoration, as they're hardy enough to stand up to the elements.
Some of her gourds, as well as other artworks emerging from An Eye Full Creations, will be on display this weekend at Arts Alive Langley.
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