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MATT TOMMEY, USA:  Woven Sculpture from Nature’s Bounty

My handcrafted baskets are a whimsical collaboration of traditional weaving techniques, vines, bark and recycled metal. Since the early 1990’s, my interpretation has offered a heartfelt nod to my roots in Appalachian basketry while offering a contemporary expression that is all my own. My most recent work focuses on the use of a wide variety of southeastern invasive species, encaustic wax and recycled metal in the creation of sculptural art vessels. For me, every basket begins with a walk in the woods. I pay close attention to the materials I choose while harvesting to ensure the most unique design features and highest quality. My artistic voice centers around a quest to truly speak the language of natural materials in a fluid manner. By responding to nature and incorporating many different barks, vines, and branches, I am able to create one-of-a-kind sculptural creations that merge my contemporary style and love for movement with the simple beauty of nature.

Woven Sculpture from Nature’s Bounty

In this workshop, sculptural basketry artist Matt Tommey will help students explore the use of various weaving techniques and locally available natural materials to create sculptural baskets and woven sculptural forms. Students will gain confidence in harvesting and preparing their own natural materials during the class enabling them to weave with materials in their local area upon returning home.  Techniques covered will include coiling, twining, plaiting, folded & braided rims, rib baskets & decorative stitching.