Creating a special piece of woven wall art for someone is truly a privilege! I met this wonderful couple at the July 2015 Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. They were instantly drawn to one of the wall hangings I had featured in my booth but unfortunately for them, it was already sold. Luckily, I enjoy creating commissioned work and so after a brief discussion, we settled on the direction for the piece.
One of the things I enjoy about the commission process is, if possible, visiting the home of my clients. I like to get a feel for the home, their taste and the ultimate environment where the piece will live. All of these things give me the emotional and artistic context for creating a special piece of art for the home.
Upon visiting this home in particular, I noticed that they really loved dark, rich colors including lots of reds, burnt siennas, coppers, golds and walnut. Understanding their color palette gave me exactly what I needed to create this piece. While I incorporated the rich color palette into the piece, I also highlighted with some yellows, greens and turquoises in order to give the piece some selected highlights. I think it turned out nicely!
Today, I installed the piece in it's forever home and as you can see, it fit just beautifully! The clients were extremely happy and so was I! If you're interested in having me creating a special piece of woven art for your home, please contact me to start the conversation!
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.