Learning about Matt's Process
Just this past week, Matt held a bark harvesting and weaving class. With a small group of only four weavers, they had a great time starting with chopped down poplar and mimosa trees. Starting with the bark harvesting on day one, the class learned to remove the outer bark from the saplings, and then peel off inner bark to store and dry to be used later. From making bark buckets later that day to learning to weave with bark on day two, the members of class left knowing where, what, and how to harvest, and then how to prepare and weave the materials into baskets - a successful class!
Beyond the Weaving
Above, this wall hanging basket art is a great example of how Matt uses commonly used weaving techniques to create something special and truly unique. Random weave and twining techniques are used by many weavers around the country and world, but what makes this sculpture basket art, is that it pushes the boundaries of how a basket can be viewed.
Bringing baskets to the wall, or adding sculptural elements like branches, metals, or found objects has brought Matt's work from the world of craft into the realm of art. These pieces are one of a kind and his style is constantly evolving as he continues to create more basket art.