Put straw in my hands and I am a happy person!
Marian SyWassink Vavra gathers and artistically works with wheat. During the beginning of June every year, Marian cuts the first harvest from the bountiful Kansas wheat fields, doing so a week to ten days before the wheat is ready for the farmers to combine. She uses a hand-held sickle to cut heirloom Turkey Red and Larned wheat varieties along with the newest production varieties from her garden and area farms. Sundried, cleaned and sorted, the golden wheat is ready to use.
From this wheat she creates traditional and contemporary straw art, specializing in sacred religious symbols. Marian creates harvest symbols, love tokens, house blessings, ornaments, jewelry, crosses, and much more. She is available for commissioned artwork, group presentations and hands-on projects. And, she works with families to design memorial art from the last wheat harvests of their loved ones.
In 2016, Marian published her book Celebrating the Cross: The Sanctuary Crosses of Marian SyWassink Vavra. Woven into this colorful, photograph-filled book are the stories and inspiration for the design of nine masterpiece crosses. It is also a comprehensive how-to, technique filled book with instructions and illustrations so others can recreate her art and make their own.
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