This post is long overdue and my emotions are mixed as I write it. Yes, it is true, I am saying a sweet goodbye to Daily Art Muse. Goodbye to my dear, old DAM. We had fun didn’t we? We saw a lot of beautiful art and learned about so many talented individuals. I have loved gathering and sharing my contemporary fine craft finds with all of you over the years, growing and evolving alongside the blog as it grew and evolved.
“Do It!” That’s what my father said to me when I told him about my idea for a blog. DAM was born in October 2006 because of his encouragement. Oh, how the time flew by, and in October 2015 DAM marked 9 years of publication. That’s also the month I stopped posting, pulled in other directions, understanding change was in the air. When life took several unexpected turns (as it often does) my thoughts turned to moving on and I leaned into this change of course.
The last several months have been full of reflecting, researching, preparing and planning a new direction, my father’s words“Do It!” so often jumping out at me as I faced the challenges of beginning something new. If he were still with us I would thank him. . .always a guiding force, even now almost a decade later.
I hope I’ve brought you some joy with my posts over the last several years, but the truth is if I hadn’t taken my father’s words to heart I am the one who would have missed out. The gift of friendships, work opportunities, learning experiences and you, my dear readers. . .all possible only because of DAM.
Many, many thanks to all of you (several thousand strong!) for allowing me to share my aesthetic over the last several years through this curated collection of contemporary fine craft from around the world. I am sending much love and light to you as you continue on your own journey and hope you wish me well as I continue on mine.
North Carolina’s Matt Tommey combines traditional techniques and rustic materials in his contemporary take on basket sculpture. The artist uses vines – glorious vines like honeysuckle, wisteria and kudzu, weaving them into basket vessels to create unusual and striking wall and fireplace mantel sculptures. Love the composition, the concept and the artistry.
“It has been said that all creativity happens at the edge of chaos and order… For me the chaos just happens to look like tangled, gnarly vines wrapped tightly around strangled trees and laurel, pods and cones littering the forest floor; the order like a beautiful sculptural basket that reminds me of its source. Somewhere in the middle is where the magic happens, where Creativity broods over the chaos and new life begins; beauty is born.
A simple walk through forest explodes into a symphony of possibilities; back breaking in giddy glee as I carry the treasures toward their purpose. What once was dead is now alive, that which was hated is now desired, that which had no breath suddenly heaves with hope afresh.
The weaving is the easy part; it’s seeing beauty while it’s still hidden that is the adventure. Even though these woven creations seem to simply form in the hands of their maker, as if to say it is only skill that brings them to life, it must always be remembered that every basket begins with a walk in the woods. It’s time to take a walk.”
Matt Tommey’s website
London’s Elliot Walker is anything but still, but the glass artist has been busy creating blown glass still life sculptures that will make you look twice. Highly textured dark vessels do double duty, first as sculptural pieces, and then again as bold backdrops for the brightly colored glass fruits. Brilliant.
Still Life With Fish And Onion
Still Life With Fruit
Still Life With Fruit, detail
Still Life With Lime
Elliot Walker Still Life
Elliot Walker’s website