About the Artist...
Matt Tommey is a world class artist and teacher working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District. Since the mid-1990's Matt's been creating woven sculpture using basketry techniques for his clients that reflect the rustic elegance of nature.
These days, Matt's woven art is featured in some of the most beautiful mountain and coastal homes in the country and is created exclusively from locally harvested bark, vines and branches. Over the years, Matt has been featured in many print and online publications including Garden & Gun, Martha Stewart's American Made Awards and Our State. In 2011 he was recognized as an "American Artist Under 40" by the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery.
In addition to his own artwork, Matt is passionate about helping other artists thrive in their creative endeavors and to that end has authored 5 books, is a popular speaker for conferences around the world and currently leads an artist mentoring program for over 600 artists in every creative medium called "Created to Thrive". Find out more about Matt's work with artist mentoring at www.MattTommeyMentoring.com.
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From the Artist...
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