As long as I've been creating unique woven art for luxury mountain homes, beautiful outdoor porches have always been my favorite spaces. They literally ooze mountain elegance and it's such a privilege to have my work featured in these spaces. Today, I got to install my second piece in one such space in beautiful Cashiers, North Carolina.
The wall hanging sculpture piece I created for this space is on a shake wall as you exit the porch, entering the great room of the house. As you view the piece you can literally see gorgeous mountain cliffs and a waterfall to the left as the gentle breeze wafts through the porch. It's the perfect spot to relax with a glass of sweet tea and let time stand still.
Coloring for this piece was inspired initially by a blonde mountain laurel branch I harvested from the forest. It's unique color lent itself to a brighter color scheme but well within the look and feel of natures bounty. To that end, I used some greens and turquoises with the copper botanical accents to make the piece something really special. I hope you agree! And, just in case you happened to get bored sitting on this porch, your eyes can shift to the other end of the porch. There, you'll find one of my only lit fireplace mantel sculptures featured on a beautiful rock fireplace. Yes, this room is truly spectacular! (Just a note: this now makes 6 special pieces of my work in this home. What an honor! The pieces include a tabletop collection for a sofa table, bark and wire freeform basket in the den, bark vessel in the master bath, wine bottle basket in the wet bar outside the wine cellar and the fireplace mantel sculpture on the outdoor porch.)
I'd love to create a special piece or two for your outdoor porch! Contact me to get started!
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.