Elda began her art career by doing bright oil paintings of flower
arrangements. When she moved to Kansas she discovered a different medium,
wheat weaving. She did a lot of traditional projects before she discovered
straw marquetry. As she got more proficient in this part of the straw arts
she discovered how to dye the wheat before doing the marquetry. That
discovery completed the circle and she is again doing pictures of flower
arrangements in brilliant colors. Straw Appliqué work of this kind is rare to see
created by modern straw artists. It is delicate and painstaking work. Each straw is dyed to
the appropriate color for the flower that the artist is creating. Then, the straw must be split
and individually ironed to a flat consistency. Only when this is accomplished is the material
ready for the artist’s hand. Then, hours are spent to mold and create the look of a flower
that also bears the mark of the golden shine of the straw.
Heavenly Pink Rose
This piece is 8" x 10". It comes
in an elegant oval gold hardwood frame
with a convex glass to accomodate it's
depth. It is pictured here unframed because
glare from the strong photo lights was distractive.
The American Museum of Straw Art is proud to
offer a limited number of these beautiful designs.