Weaving Kudzu into Art
In late 2015, I received an email from a wonderful interior designer down in Florida who had some clients in Aspen, Colorado. They were looking for some accents to feature in their modern rustic decor and luckily, found me on the internet. After taking time to peruse the website, she emailed me and we connected by phone.
I created 3 pieces for the living room including a bark, vine and clay vessel for a side table and 2 pieces for the fireplace hearth; a woven pod with 7 baskets and a nested basket in laurel branches. They turned out beautifully and were safely shipped before Christmas!
A couple of weeks ago, the interior designer had the opportunity to visit the home for another project and was kind enough to snap this picture for me. Hopefully, these fireplace mantel sculptures are the first of many home owners in Aspen, Colorado will have in their mountain homes.
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.