So many seemingly ordinary things carry in themselves an own beauty. And yet, they end up thrown away without thinking much. But what if these little things of everyday life get a second life?
At the moment, I am totally drawn to everything that is organic. Pistachio shells, for example. I love their form, which is always the same and yet different. Each of them is a small individual and has a special color, is a little more arched or flatter, lighter or darker, carries purple parts, yellow or green in itself. Many of them put together, whether as sheds or in rows as on a counting board, unfold a very own effect.
The small wooden objects fascinate me in their simple form, their small soul. For several weeks now, I have been experimenting with the recycled material, laying it in cement, painting it with acrylic paint, bathing it in wax. Now, I have started to combine it with glass and pebbles. You can see what happened in the gallery above. I will post some other works in the next weeks.
You may ask yourself now if I have become round like a pistachio with all those kilos of them used in my mosaics? Well, I am creating all sorts of recipes with the nourishing little ones: pistachio ice cream, pistachio bread, pistachio pesto. But don’t worry: I invite people to eat it with me, so everything is fine. I invite them also to bring their pistacchio shells with them for their visit.
Pistachios and fingernails
By the way: Did you know that pistachio shells were the predecessors of artificial fingernails? In the early 19th century, many ladies of the upper class glued empty pistachios on their fingernails, which contributed to the slow spread of artificially modified nails in Europe. I am not a fan of long fingernails, but I find the approach very nice, because it shows how creatively generations before us have reused material for different needs. And I am happy to know that pistacchio shells are not only destroyers of fingernails.