Wild Grape Tendril Shawl Pin

Wild Grape Tendril  Shawl Pin
Product Description

Made Fair Trade in Indonesia

Cast and hand-polished white brass

5.25 inches long

Cast and hand-finished in White Brass

Ring 2.5" tall x 1.25" wide

The tendrils of grapes or peas are natures spirals.   The natural grape tendrils from which these pieces were cast were collected near my studio from some wild grapes growing along the Patuxent River which runs into the Chesapeake Bay.  The grapes these vines produce aren't any you'd want to eat - birds like them.  In the fall they form loose clusters of tiny pea-like fruit and the grapes turn color from green to turquoise to indigo to mauve.  When my son was four, we went walking in the fall and found a wild grapevine covered in these multi-colored fruits the size of pearls and we arranged them in an ombre fade in the cracks of a rock - a little tribute to the art of Andy Goldsworthy (if you've never seen his work, google it - it's amazing and will inspire you).  Whenever I see wild grapes in the fall that look like that I think of my boy at that age lining up those grapes in color order in the woods.

Featured in Vogue Knitting International Early Fall 2014, Spotted The Hottest Finds in Knitting


In a recent article in The New Yorker, the author described research that showed that plants are sentient and act with intention. They're like big nervous systems and big brains - they just move really, really slowly. In one experiment, beans were grown in a room with nothing in it and they grew straight up but then a pole was introduced into the room and the beans leaned toward it until they grabbed it and wrapped themselves around it. In this article, researchers claimed that the tendrils of beans and grapes don't just randomly hit something and twine around it, they actively look for and recognize things they can use as supports in their environments. This cast Wild Grape Tendril Stick is the solidification of plant longing.