BrushArt™ animals are hand made from the most
super-abundant and self-regenerating of natural materials: leaves,
leaf fibers, seeds, and seed pods, held together with wire and
Most important to a
BrushArt™ animal is the buri sugar palm. This
tall palm tree, common throughout the Philippines, has many uses:
the nut kernels can be cooked and eaten, the sap produces excellent
sugar, the strong leaf midribs go into the making of cane
furniture, while the leafy portions are woven into hats and bags.
It is the long, thick leaf stems that provide the fiber from which
the body of a BrushArt™ animal is
First, the stems are
crushed and soaked in stream water until only strong, white fibers
remain. These are combed, to separate and clean them. They are then
cut to length, depending on the size of the animal and twisted on a
wire core into brush cylinders. The brush is trimmed and bent, and
other plant parts attached for eyes, ears, legs, etc. Organic dye
is added for color . . . what could be more eco-friendly?
Buri palms live for
up to fifty years and grow new leaf fronds continuously. One frond
stem produces enough fiber for up to a dozen animals.
BrushArt™ animals make delightful and
imaginative gifts. You can bend them into different lifelike
positions—just hold firmly between your palms and twist!