Paula Springer

Paula Springer

Paula Springer’s hands were born to be busy hands, her eyes born to mirror beauty and her heart to take joy in having made something of her own. From her mother and grandmothers mothers, she learned the ways of handwork for sewing, upholstery, macramé, beaded jewelry and beyond. After enjoying the thrill of creating found object/mixed media art while pursuing a formal degree in sculpture and photography, spirit called her to simplify her art to accommodate remote island life in Puget Sound. Through her mother-in-law, a veteran weaver, she was introduced to a very magical gourd and fell in love with its symbology as the pelvic bowl and eternal womb, simultaneously practical as is it mythical leading back to the earliest people to inhabit the planet.

Paula is also a health educator on topics regarding the gut microbiome and fermentation. “It is a very special time for the grandmother gourd workshop to emerge into the light because of the enormous importance of feminine empowerment, pelvic health and microbiome awareness. The connection between the grandmother gourd and my goals as a health educator are only beginning to reveal themselves. The gourd became a profound metaphor for me in the 1990s, the mythical ‘chalice’ to the archetypal ‘blade’, long recognized in many cultures as a symbol of the womb, the feminine vessel containing the cosmos as well as the portal through which lineage extends itself ad infinitum. Now the grandmother gourd can help us reconnect to the wisdom in our DNA.“

Paula Springer will be sharing Grandmother Gourd.