Pine needles. That's pretty much the extent of my weekend-- lots and lots of pine needles. Tweaking my methods of working with this material has taken a lot of trial and error, but I've gotten it down to a pretty comfortable (and effective) rhythm. It's interesting to see how different the pieces look when they're just finished and still damp, as opposed to after a day or so once they've dried. I'm looking forward to observing the change continue as the needles completely dry out and turn brown.
The piece you see above will form the cap of a mushroom constructed from materials harvested from loblolly pine trees. This tree species will make up the first segment of Saprobia, an installation for Momentum Tulsa this October.