Wonderment Wednesday.......

A smudge behind here, to say the least.   Last week Patrick and I went to Biltmore Iron Works to source materials for the new line of "Fantasy Fiber Flowers".   Basket artist Matt Tommey, here in Asheville's River Arts District was kind enough to point me in that direction.   

We had a ball!  Saw so many things I wanted, and not for the flowers.  There was so many interesting, old and rusty shapes and sizes that I'm sure I could make an entire, huge piece of yard sculpture!

But wait!  Back to the flowers!  Will was so helpful.  Let me use his pencil to see how various sizes of wire could be wound into a stems.  

Turns out that when we got home, Darling Spouse had the perfect wire in his shop.   So I'm covered for the flowers.  Hopefully I'll resin them tomorrow and then assemble the first "bouquet" on Thursday.    

Check out Matt's fabulous baskets at:  http://www.matttommey.com.  He is indeed an artist!

Wonderment Wednesday...

..which happened on Thursday and is being posted on Friday!

Wednesday, I went into that "vortex" of art, of working in the studio on two pieces being gifted to special people in my life for Yuletide.

But Thursday I got out and headed to the River Arts District to see Matt Tommey and his spectacular baskets.   Spent some time just talking art and creativity with Matt.  He gathers all his materials, and has so much "stock" neatly organized in his studio.  There are sticks, kudzu, twigs, copper tubing, all waiting for the artist's vision and touch.  Nice to watch him working on hard clay pot, patiently painted those piece.  Matt's studio is at 191 Lyman Street....stop by an see in work.  And check out his website:  http://www.matttommey.com