Wheat Art: Angels and Maidens

If the art piece is already made, it will be mailed out in two to three days. If the piece needs to be handmade, Marian will need one to three weeks. Marian will be in communication with the customer through email, text, or phone during this time.

Garden Maiden: This sweet maiden adds a decorative accent to a garden themed table or wall display. Using twenty-five straws with heads, Marian first creates the skirt by tying at the waist and continues up forming the arms, neck, head, and lastly the hair. A crown of straw is added behind the maiden. She is embellished with a two-needle flower using straw thread and a green ribbon.
Material - Hand-cut Kansas Hard Red Winter Wheat
Size - The size varies due to the natural properties of wheat. The piece is sewn into place on a 5½”- 6” w x 7”- 8”h cardstock for packaging.

Kansas Angel: This art piece is a lovely way to share Kansas wheat with people who love angels. This angel was selected as MSN.com/PopSugar April 2015 America’s 50 Best Souvenirs by State ~Kansas. “Kansas is one of the country’s largest wheat-producing states, and wheat weavings, like an angel by Marian Vavra, demonstrate the region’s special heritage.” A red ribbon with a dyed straw rose decorates her waist or Marian will work with the customer for ribbon variations.
Material – Hand-cut Kansas Hard Red Winter Wheat
Size - The size varies due to the natural properties of wheat. The piece is sewn into place on a 9½” w x 8½”h cardstock for packaging.
Manufacturer: Marian Vavra Wheat Art

About Marian Vavra Wheat Art

Rose Hill, Kansas

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.

For more information, visit https://www.fromthelandofkansas.com/member/family-handcrafts