As luck would have it, I was able to connect with NC artist Leslie Pearson last week for what turned out to be a fantastic demo on working with gut! I was happy as a clam driving 4 hours to learn more about the beauty and challenges of working with hog gut and wire. Icing on the cake? Getting to make hog-gut earrings and making a new friend! My head has been spinning with ideas about more plant and sea creature-like forms I'd like to make .... I can't wait to carve out some time to get back into the studio and work with these strangely enticing materials!