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matt tommey: the weaving is the easy part

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.

Matt Tommey Sculptural Wall Hanging 2

 

Matt Tommey Sculptural Wall Hanging 4

 

Matt Tommey Sculptural Wall Hanging 3

 

Matt Tommey Vine Baskets

 

Matt Tommey Fireplace Mantel Sculptural Installation

“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

maggie smith: explorations in basketry

Maggie Smith grows her own willow and weaves it into experimental basket forms, often adding elements of bark and other natural materials. The UK based artist explores alternative techniques in her work, including knitting bark and stitching the knitted pieces to the baskets. The results are organic, rustic yet contemporary. Nice!

Maggie Smith Willow Exploration #28

Willow Exploration #28

Maggie Smith Willow Exploration #26

Willow Exploration #28

Maggie Smith Willow Exploration #23

Willow Exploration #23

Maggie Smith Willow Ware Bark Pouch #2

Willow Ware Bark Pouch #2

Maggie Smith Willow Exploration #20

Willow Exploration #20

Maggie Smith Willow Ware Bark Pouch #3

Willow Ware Bark Pouch #3

Maggie Smith Willow Exploration #21

 Willow Exploration #21

 

Maggie Smith’s website

 

 

moira bateman: the hungry girls

The Hungry Girls, a collection of 9 foot tall fiber and mixed media dresses hanging from old, weathered wood and metal yokes, were inspired by Moira Bateman’s fascination with the images in Patricia Eakins’ story The Hungry Girls.

Moira Bateman 1

Momenta Animale: The Hungry Girls No. 7 
linen textile, onion skin dye, raw wool, wood and metal yoke

Bateman’s Hungry Girls are made of linen and raw sheep’s wool. The Minneapolis based artist used the one possession shared by the girls in the story – a nightdress – as the basis for this collection of “wild, woolly animal-like dresses.”

Moira Bateman 2

 

Moira Bateman 3

Moira Bateman 4

 

Moira Bateman 5

 

Moira Bateman, Hungry Girls

Bateman also creates 8 foot tall Digital Archival Pigment Prints from photographs of the dresses.

The video lets us see how Bateman works

Moira Bateman’s website

 

 

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