Pinecone Boneworks: How one artist makes artwork from nature itself

Pinecone Boneworks artist Kirsten was born and raised in a tiny rural farm in North Dakota where she spent a lot of time outdoors and that helped her get into the art she makes today.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been drawing and painting and just dabbling in different media art mediums to discover what I liked. And recently I found a new mixed media assemblage,” Kirsten said.

Pinecone Boneworks 4What first inspired your artwork that you’re doing now?

“My husband and I are actually recent transplants to Rapid City, South Dakota,” said Kirsten. “And I didn’t know anyone, and so I did what I do best. And I just started going for hikes almost every day after work. And pretty soon I started looking around and seeing these cool things that I would pick up outside in the forest. And then I started bringing them home and putting them together and creating new pieces with them. Yeah, they’re like sort of little mini nature collages, sort of.”

How did you come up with a name for your business?

“I really like pine cones,” Kirsten said. “I have since a long time now to the point where I will be on trips with people, specifically my one of my sisters, Courtney, and I will stop in dead of tracks and start looking for pine cones that I just, I just like pine cones. I’ve always been drawn to them. So that was kind of where the first part of it came, because I started picking up pine cones first here, and then I started noticing bones out in the national forests and started picking up those. And I just started putting two together. And then the name Pinecone Boneworks.”

Have people been receptive of your art?

“I’m slowly venturing out there. I recently had a solo art show at Aby’s here in Rapid City, and then I participated in the Goods Annual Art Fundraiser at the Dahl Art Center,” said Kirsten. “I’ve had great feedback, everyone’s super excited for me. They are amazed that, first of all, that I’m finding these things and everything I have found has been found here in the Black Hills National Forest, which is really exciting to have a national forest in our backyard like that. But I’ve had great responses from everything to ‘I can’t believe you found that,’ to people are so impressed with the way I can put the collages and assemblage together to form a nice, cohesive piece.”

What do you use to make your art pieces?

“Anything you can find in the forest, I like to pick up from bones of animals, antler sheds, flowers, leaves, pine cones, feathers and wasp nests,” said Kirsten.

What things are you making?

“Mostly pieces hanging on the wall, I have done a few still standing pieces that go on a dome, and now, I have recently kind of expanded a little bit and I’m doing ornaments.”

Where can people either find your artwork to look at or purchase it?

“They can find me on both Instagram and Facebook under Pinecone Boneworks,” Kirsten said. “And then I will be selling locally at multiple different shows here coming up this holiday season and next year.”

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