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What more intriguing combination than gourds and cactus? In this latest Sue Brogdon workshop, a round gourd vessel features three leaf cutouts enhanced with the inner tissue, “skeleton,” of the prickly pear cactus, outlined with pygmy date palm. Starting with color, students work with dye inks of their choice, then attach the skeleton to the inside of the gourd and couch the edge of the cutout with natural pygmy date palm. To complete the project, a large row of palm is lashed around the rim. During the workshop, instructor will demonstrate how to prepare prickly pear pads for use in art projects and show how to line a gourd with handmade paper. All materials provided – prepped round gourd, inks, sealant, natural pygmy date and cacti skeleton, sinew and needle for lashing. Students should bring plastic or latex gloves, a heat tool if you have one, scissors, a bucket and an old towel as well as a brown bag lunch.