"When I first saw your work at the American Craft Council Show in Atlanta this past March, I just knew this was what I wanted in our home." Well, if that doesn't make you feel great, I'm not sure what will! Today, that's what my client told me as I was hanging their new wall hanging in their home located in the serene mountain setting of Anderson Creek Retreat in Ellijay, Georgia.
I did indeed meet this couple in Atlanta at the ACC show back in March 2015. After a few emails, I arranged for a home visit to see the space and talk about possibilities. That was fun! "This house has been in the making for over 20 years... in our dreams" they said. Only just finished this summer, the home is a testament to high-end luxury building in a rustic modern aesthetic. In short, it looks like it's a 150 year old farm house that's always been right there with the simple addition of lots technological conveniences and modern amenities.
A couple of the things that were important to this client were simplicity and connection with the land. It's on that foundation that I began the design process. I visited the home once again this fall and harvested the mountain laurel branches, bird nest and wasp nest from their property. We took the raw branch inside, talk about ideas and then I was off to the studio to do what I do best... create.
After a brief sketching session, I started weaving and wa-la, the piece was born. I used the decor of the great room for color inspiration including creams, greens, turquoise, blue and dark walnut. I was very pleased with the outcome and so were my clients!
Today was installation day and for me, that's the most fun! I absolutely love connecting with me client, seeing them excited and enjoying this special piece I've created hanging in it's new home. If you're considering a piece like this for your home, please contact me for a consultation. I'd love to dream a little with you and create something special for your home.
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.