A Kentucky native, Angela Arnett has been working with gourds for many years. The gourds she uses are all grown in Kentucky. Each is cleaned and sanded and then completely covered with intricate geometric designs. She is particularly drawn to imagery that has visual movement and reflects the patterns and colors used by Southwest Native American potters and basket makers. Angela has Native American roots and is drawn to Native cultures and imagery.
Angela begins her designs by drawing on a gourd with a pencil and then wood-burns the design into the surface of the gourd. Each gourd is then completely hand painted using acrylic inks. Angela utilizes positive and negative spaces in her patterns to full advantage. She chooses a wide variety of earthy colors, using the acrylic color of sandstone to emulate the effect of using talc paste, and to enhance the blend of her colors. She states, “I am inspired by century old methods and designs, particularly by my rich Native American heritage. It is my wish that the final appearance of each piece have a mesmerizing effect that is visually entertaining and appealing.”
Angela is a member of the Kentucky Gourd Society and a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen and the Sheltowee Artisans Guild.
Angela’s gourds can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft, in Louisville, at numerous Kentucky State Parks, .and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.