What a joy it is to have the pleasure of working with such delightful homeowners! I absolutely love visiting beautiful homes here in the mountains, dreaming with my clients about what I could create for them and then harvesting materials right from their property.
The piece featured here is a 7' wall hanging that graces the fireplace of an outdoor party pavilion on a private estate at the top of Chatooga Club in Cashiers, North Carolina. This is the first of several I am creating for the home and it was such fun! In fact, the owner of the property and I walked around the forest on my initial site visit to find just the right pieces of mountain laurel for this sculpture. I hope you enjoy! PS... keep an eye out for a blog post on the next piece I'm doing for the outdoor fireplace on the porch of the main residence.
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.