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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

 

 

tanya besedina: crisis. rebirth. evolution

On the day I marked the first anniversary of my mother’s death I received an email from Tanya Besedina about the research she did regarding our inner child for her most recent collection of work.

 

Tanya Besedina Dragon Girls
Dragon Girls

 

She had no idea the significance of the day, nor how powerfully her words spoke to me. A salve and a comfort. . .and her ethereal clay sculptures brought me peace as I considered where I am on this journey of Crisis.Rebirth.Evolution.

 

Tanya Besedina

 

Tanya Besedina 1

 

“Moments of crisis are always a signal that rebirth is at hand. For it is through the experience of pain, complication, and angst that we find our way to rebirth – and truth. Through crisis, old stereotypes are challenged, flaws are exposed, and as this truth is realized we witness the old way of thinking fade from our reality to be replaced by ideas that represent something new. Providing a reminder that in the end, truth prevails.  This process of crisis and rebirth leading to evolution and truth is reflected in my workCrisis. Rebirth. Evolution. New understanding and a new truth.”

 

Tanya Besedina Detail

 

Tanya Besedina, Three Sisters: Love, Hope, Faith
Three Sisters: Love, Hope and Faith

 

Very different from the artist’s polymer clay relief fairy tales I shared two years ago, this body of work is equally compelling, though I’m not certain if the medium is polymer or ceramic clay. Many thanks for your words, sweet Tanya – they lifted me up and carried me through a difficult day.

 

Tanya Besedina’s website

 

wilma wyss mosaics

Wilma Wyss worked as a print designer for twenty years before she began creating concrete and mosaic sculptures. She calls her Pillow Series and Fluid Sculpture Series ‘visual contrivances, illusions of flimsy and fluidity and three-dimensional trompe l-oeils’.

Wilma Will Rust Easy Pillow

 Rust Easy Pillow

Wilma Wyss Tushy Cushion

Tushy Cushion

Wilma Wyss Martini Pillow

 Martini Pillow

“In my pillows, I play with associations of softness, comfort, and lightness, while simultaneously expressing the seemingly contradictory properties of hardness, discomfort, and weight.”

Wilma Wyss Going Back In Time

Going Back In Time

Wilma Wyss Awakening

Awakening: Metamorphosis of Protective Thoughts

“My experiences as a woman, wife, and mother drive my exploration of feminine themes in my artwork. I play with the meaning of familiar objects, and create space for feminine viewpoints. I am fundamentally nurturing and supportive, and I manifest these characteristics in my sculptural collages.”

Wilma Wyss’ website

 

 

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