An Eye for Design
A major part of making art that people want in their homes is to constantly push the limits of your designs and try new things. Over the years, I have evolved constantly. From adding new weaving techniques to my repertoire, to using new materials and changing the shapes and contexts of my sculptural baskets, I have developed traditional weaving techniques into contemporary sculptures.
Introducing Basketry into a Contemporary Home
Sometimes it can be hard to picture certain artwork in your home when you come into the gallery and see it here. Walking around a space that looks so different than your own home can make it difficult to see how it would look on your dining table or hanging on your wall, especially for those who have not incorporated as many natural materials in their homes already.
These sculptures can be a great complement to any style of home. From the rustic mountain decor common to homes in my area, to contemporary homes with clean lines and simple shapes, I have different styles of sculptures that look great with any style!
The Modern and Rustic Mountain Home
Based here in Asheville, a lot of the clients nearby that I work with are building or decorating mountain homes. This rustic aesthetic is heavy in natural materials with exposed woods and stone. A basket sculpture woven of all natural materials, often harvested from the land around the home, is a beautiful continuation of the rustic decor scheme.
I make a lot of pieces for fireplace mantels. In many mountain homes, the hearth is the centerpiece of any living room. Stone, wood, or any other material, a fireplace mantel sculpture adds a unique focal point to the home. Here are some of the contemporary basketry sculptures I have made for some modern rustic homes lately:
My Sculptures in Contemporary Spaces
Though the natural materials of my sculptures is a beautiful addition to the already rustic decor of many of my clients' homes. Sometimes more exciting though, is when my sculptures end up in a more contemporarily decorated room or home.
Bringing natural fibers and materials into a room with many clean, geometric lines can be just the right accent piece. Contrary to the simple shapes and lines of the more contemporary home, my sculptures disrupt geometric order and can stand out in a wonderful juxtaposition to the rest of the decor of a room.
The random weave and copper spherical baskets I have created are beautiful additions to any home with contemporary decor. They bring the natural elements and the the flash of copper metals, serving as the perfect focal point for a table or shelf. Check some of these contemporary baskets out below:
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.