Friday, February 22, 2013


In our small town of Langley in the 70's, there lived among us an amazing artist called John Braun - also known as the Magic Man. He lived on the island until he died in the early 2000's. I loved visiting his studio to see what new creations he would be making with feathers, beads, parts of nature he found around the town, coins, discarded items - all found their way into his necklaces, sculptures and wall hangings.

The degrumper is one of my all time favorites. The sketch shows an actual degrumper made of some sort of pod that still has the peas in it, so that when you shake it, it makes noise. He adds feathers and beads as a handle and off you go - ready to get rid of your grumps.

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