This special collection started as an idea in the mind of my clients. They loved all the styles of sculptural baskets that I create, but couldn't decide on one particular style for a new entry table in their Cashiers, North Carolina mountain home. Our solution was to create a collection of various styles that would work together in this beautiful home.
A large part of the aesthetic I create in my basketry work is rooted in nests and how natural forms work together to exist in harmony. Although very contemporary, this collection most definitely pays homage to it's rustic, nested origins. From left to right, I created a random weave basket from kudzu and grapevine, an iris foliage basket, a kudzu pod-style basket surrounded in honeysuckle vines, a bark and copper wire freeform basket in the center, a kudzu and pine-petal basket and then a couple of smaller baskets in the rear all nested in and around contorted filbert branches, commonly known as "Henry Lauder's Walking Stick".
So, the moral of this story is if you can't choose just one style of sculptural baskets for your home, choose them all! Incidentally, this home has a beautiful fireplace mantel sculpture I did for them last year as well as another single sculptural basket.
I'd love to create a collection like this for your home, too!
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.