Rustic Sculpture: Classic and Contemporary
Rustic sculpture can classify a large variety of work. From completely contemporary artists creating abstract things, to classic mountain styles that have been, and will continue to be, popular among mountain communities, rustic sculpture is a broad classification. Check out these wonderful artists below to learn more about rustic sculptures.
Outdoor Wall Sculpture Decor
What is wall sculpture decor?
Wall Sculpture Decor is three dimensional artwork that is made for the wall, or meant to hang. Offering lots of opportunities for shadows, depth, and design, the three dimensionality of wall sculpture permits these artists below to produce some fabulous work!
Random Weaving with Grapevine
A New Technique for Weaving any Objects
Rustic Sculpture Basketry
Adding Sculpture to Your Home
Over the years, I have noticed that more people are hesitant to buy sculptural artwork for their homes. Yes, it's often harder to find just the right fit for the space, especially considering the three dimensional nature of sculpture. Art lovers tend to steer towards paintings and more two dimensional artwork for the reason that it is easier to picture in the home, however, people always say the best things in life are hard... why not find the perfect sculptural piece for your home decor?
An Introduction to Working with Bark
During this two day workshop, this lovely group of students learned how to harvest, prepare and weave the inner and outer barks of poplar and mimosa trees. We completed two woven baskets and had the chance to make a couple of bark buckets as well. Though all of these women had some great experience with weaving already, weaving with bark was a whole new territory which was fun to explore!
On day one, I demonstrated and taught the group how to remove the rough outer bark from poplar and mimosa trees we had cut down and brought to the studio. We then sliced and collected the inner barks of each sapling, allowing us to roll up what we collected to dry and use for weaving.
Learning about Matt's Process
From time to time, groups will stop by the gallery to learn more about how Matt weaves and finishes his sculptural baskets. An avid teacher, Matt loves to share any of his weaving wisdom with visitors in the studio and anyone who is interested in learning more about basketry and how he creates his basket art.
A Touch of Rustic
My sculptural baskets combine a myriad of natural materials and natural inspirations. Employing kudzu vine, beeswax, and copper leaves, these sculptures bring a rustic, yet modern accent to any space.
Handcrafted Baskets by Matt Tommey
The other day, Julio from MECA TV came by the studio to learn more about the studio and how I make my handcrafted baskets. We did a tour of the gallery and I gave a brief demonstration on how to weave with kudzu vine. Check out the video above and continue on to learn more about my work.
Making Basketry Contemporary
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.
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.