The reason some people are artists and others aren’t is their ability to think outside the box.
Whether that’s literally painting outside the lines or finding a way to use the things we just don’t see as art, creative thinking is basically a prerequisite. Artists amaze us because they can take someone’s trash and turn it into a masterpiece. And when I say trash, sometimes it literally is something we’re used to throwing away.
Jan Campbell was preparing an avocado for lunch one day when she was struck by the beauty of the pit inside, an object most people throw away without a second thought. After weeks of pondering its potential, a deeply pigmented surface scratch inspired her to carve away its layers until a beautiful piece of art appeared.
Ever since that day, the Irish artisan has been turning avocado pits (or ‘stones,’ as she calls them) into tiny, intricately detailed figurines inspired by Celtic folklore. She carves the tranquil faces of forest spirits, the flowing hair of ancient goddesses, and even a handful of wild mushrooms now and then. The miniatures can be simply displayed as statues, or worn as pendants, and are meant to provide the holder with a unique sense of companionship and comfort.