Author Archives: Brigid

Flower Mandalas

Flower mandalas are a botanical version of the ancient spiritual form that reminds us of the organization of the universe, and our connection to the infinite, within and without. Buddhist priests make yearly trips to Kansas City to create exacting geometric mandalas … Continue reading

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Kava Head

Lateral kava roots, soon to be kava tea, are what you see in the picture above. The “tea” from kava root is far and away my favorite drink. I typically have a kava drink in the evening a few nights a … Continue reading

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Corn Seedlings

  One spring, a Holt County, Missouri, farmer brought young corn seedlings from their family farm to my studio. The task was to preserve them so that each of the five children would have a kind of a botanical artifact from the farm … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait

There are so many disparate elements in the finished piece, the self-portrait as it is now might be best called “an organic compound.” I started with my first attempt at a plant mask, which has leaves, spores, seeds, a dried flower and beads, … Continue reading

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Fringe Festival KC 2015

2015 was the second year of the visual arts component of the Fringe Festival in Kansas City. Union Station beautifully hosted the art displays of the 14 or so participating artists.   I really enjoyed watching the surprise and curiosity … Continue reading

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Humble Plants: Their Secrets

Art and science often cross paths. I recently uncovered a TED talk given by the president of an African country in which she shows how art, science, culture and health are intertwined. The talk is given by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, biodiversity scientist … Continue reading

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About Kava

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Framed Portraits

After completing the masks of mother and daughters, it seemed fitting to frame them together. The orange tree root weaves them together; together but separate. Mother and children were able to start gluing down plant material soon after the quick-dry plaster … Continue reading

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Inside the Presses

The inside of every plant press is full inspiration. The photos in this post will show a small amount of the plant material I’ve collected over the years, including the sourcing info, background data and collection dates for some of … Continue reading

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Portraits

Once I decided to move forward with the use of plaster as the canvas, I looked to my nieces to work with me to create their plant portraits. We made plaster masks of their faces, and they sorted through and … Continue reading

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