Mixing Bark and Metal
Ever since I have been weaving, I have tried weaving in new materials and trying new ideas with my sculptural baskets. Early on, I started using copper with my baskets and began to incorporate the material into my pieces in different ways. From copper fern and rhododendron leaves, to weaving in copper wire like in the video above, copper has allowed me to expand my work.
Complementing the natural, woody fibers of vines and barks that are my primary weaving materials, copper adds a flash of color and smooth texture. Copper leaves bring in another aspect of nature to my sculptures. In the video above, I show you how I weave copper directly in with barks to create a piece like these below.
Matt Tommey is a leader in the contemporary basketry movement and has been a maker for over 20 years. The focus of his work centers around the use of southern invasive plant species in basketry. He currently serves on the board of directors for the National Basketry Organization and is a popular teacher and conference speaker.