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.
I'm proud to announce the publication of my 4th book "Every Basket Begins with a Walk in the Woods: Sculptural Works by Matt Tommey". This beautiful 8.5"x8.5" soft-cover book is a visual journey through my basketry work since 1993 including 84 pages of full-color images and poetic reflections on the creative process. Perfect for lovers of art, basket enthusiasts and artists alike. Available now on Amazon.com or as an autographed edition through my website.
Did you know I have other books as well? Check them out here.
Thanks to the talented eye of interior designer Joan Anderson, I am pleased to have my work featured once again in the exclusive Cashiers, North Carolina Designer Show house.
Joan designed the kitchen and featured one of my signature open weave basket, inspired by Tasmanian aboriginal baskets and Japanese bamboo baskets. It's made from kudzu and poplar bark, dyed with black walnut dye and infused with encaustic wax. Here are a few pictures:
In the art business, relationships are everything! I am deeply appreciative of all the fabulous relationships I've developed over the years with interior designers like Ann Sherrill of Rusticks in Cashiers, NC. Rustics has been the premier interior design firm for luxury mountain homes for over 20 years throughout Highlands, Cashiers and Lake Toxaway. Having the opportunity to work with the Rusticks team means a lot to me and says a lot to my clients; quality, elegance and beauty.
This June, I was invited to have a solo trunk show at Rusticks to share my work with their clients and friends. The day was fabulous and I thought I'd share a few images here! Enjoy!
For years, I've had the privilege to work with the Omni Grove Park Inn's stellar staff to feature my work in and around the hotel. GPI is one of the oldest and most prestigious 5-star hotel resorts in the country and the best part is, it's located just minutes from my studio right here in Asheville, North Carolina.
Recently, I was asked to create a special piece for the hotel's award-winning spa and of course I agreed. Hopefully, it's the first of many more! Here's the picture above. I hope you enjoy!
A Great Space for Art
The fireplace is the centerpiece of every room. With furniture gathered around a hearth. and usually located somewhere as to provide heat to the room, the fireplace is an area where people gather and relax. It is a space where you will spend lots of time and it is where you will do everything from nap alone to entertain large groups.
Rustic Sculpture: Classic and Contemporary
Rustic sculpture can classify a large variety of work. From completely contemporary artists creating abstract things, to classic mountain styles that have been, and will continue to be, popular among mountain communities, rustic sculpture is a broad classification. Check out these wonderful artists below to learn more about rustic sculptures.
What is wall sculpture decor?
Wall Sculpture Decor is three dimensional artwork that is made for the wall, or meant to hang. Offering lots of opportunities for shadows, depth, and design, the three dimensionality of wall sculpture permits these artists below to produce some fabulous work!
A New Technique for Weaving any Objects
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.