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William (Bill) V. Simpson
Brooklyn, NY
Website: http://
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

Genre:Craft/Folk;


ARTIST STATEMENT: The Creative Gourd Pyre-Engraved Gourds by Bill Simpson Born February 1,1951in Brooklyn,New York.A graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY (BBA 74),employed by the City of New York for thirty six(36) years;retired June, 2013. Independently, I have been studying and developing skills in the age old craft of pyro-engraving gourds and designing gourd musical instruments. Pyro-engraving gourds is the art of decorating gourds,which entails burning designs into the body of a dried out gourd. Traditional craftsmen used long handled metal rods which were heated on an open fire to decorate or burn their gourds. Today's craftsmen have the advantage of electric powered "wood-burning" tools to decorate gourds. Gourds grow in a number of shapes and sizes which make them suitable for a host of purposes. The hollowed out shells of gourds are used for storage orfor serving food and drink. In combination with other materials they become smoking pipes, floats,ritual regalia,or musical instruments. The African gourd rattle or "shekere" is made by stringing beads onto a loosely fitted net that covers the gourd. When the gourd is shaken,the rattling sound is created. Some of my work has been viewed at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the Harlem-Museum Shop, Brooklyn Arts & Cultural Association Annual Promenade Art Show, Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Brooklyn YWCA "Eye on Africa" exhibit '90. 290 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216.718-398-4237.billsimp@optonline.net
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  • Thumb Piano and gourd containers
    2011
    Natural dried out gourd
    multi
    gourd thumb piano, wood mounted on gourd. and engraved gourd bowls

  • Engraved Gourds

  • large kettle shaped pyro=engraved gourd
    2014
    Natural dried out gourd
    12 1/2"height 36 1/2" at widest circumference
    Multi-designed pyro-engraved kettle shaped gourd bowl

  • large kettle shaped pyro=engraved gourd
    2014
    Natural dried out gourd
    12 1/2" height, 36 1/2" at widest circumference

  • large kettle shaped pyro-engraved gourd
    2014
    Natural dried out gourd
    12 1/2" height, 36 1/2" at widest circumference

  • Meditation
    2013
    pear shaped dried out gourd
    10 1/2" height, 16" circumference at widest dimension
    Pear shaped natural dried out gourd which has been pyro-engraved depicting nude female meditating at shore

  • assorted pyro-engraved gourds
    2011-2014
    natural dried out gourds
    multi
    An assortment of gourd containers and vessels which have been pyro-engraved

  • Large banana shaped gourd container
    2013
    natural dried out gourd
    26" length 19 1/2" at widest circumference
    Large banana shaped gourd container with pyro-engraved traditional designs and geometrics, sitting on head ring
 








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