Creating woven art with bark, vines and wire is one of the techniques I've practiced now since around 2011. As a self-taught basketry artist, I've learned most things on my own from experimentation and reading books. This technique, however, was so complicated that I ended up taking my first basketry workshop ever in Denmark with famed basketry artist Ane Lyngsgaard. Funny enough, the techniques we learned were taught to the teacher in Oregon by some of the great cedar bark basket makers! Yes, it was a long way to go to learn this basketry technique, but it's become a staple in my woven art.
One of the things that makes this "x-stitch' technique so interesting with bark is the juxtaposition of the shine and patina of the copper against rough texture of the bark and vines. It's a beautifully elegant way to have natural materials in a sculptural basket, but in a very refined style. Over the years, I've created many of these on commission for specific clients in a variety of sizes. The largest I created for a couple in Atlanta that was 32" at the base. Below are some images of other woven art that I've created in this style.
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Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.