I love creating art for the wall out of branches, baskets and copper leaves. For me, it's the ultimate in natural beauty! You get to see the intricacy of the baskets as woven art and the sculptural nature of the mountain laurel as branch art all while combined into a beautiful sculptural piece for the home.
As of late, I've started making these copper botanical elements to include in each of my wall hangings. Some have them, some don't, but I especially love the smooth, simple textures and shapes of the leaves against the intricacy and texture of the natural elements. I think it works nicely and the warmth of the copper brings a beautiful element to the piece that communicates the comfort and beauty of nature.
This first image is a piece of woven branch art I recently completed for a client here in Asheville. It includes 10 bark and vine baskets, hand-hammered copper botanicals and mountain laurel branches. I love the way the deep colors contrast with the branches and the simplicity of the copper.
The second little gem pictured here is one of my favorite pieces of woven art as of late and was made from both mountain laurel, copper leaves and iris foliage. Yes, that's right, iris foliage. I actually harvest iris and daylily foliage in the fall and dry it in the studio to be used all year in my baskets. I coat the finished pieces in encaustic wax which seals in the color and protects the basket for years to come.
Most of the woven art I create these days is by commission so, if you like what you see here, please connect with me via email or phone. I'd love to create a special piece of my branch art for your home. Each piece is totally unique so it's special from the moment it comes into your home!
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Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.