Although there are only a hand full of artists on this planet making wire tree sculptures, the ones who exist are truly amazing. Being a bonsai enthusiast it was only a matter of time before I would come across the work of Ken To (http://ken-to.com) and his amazing bonsai trees. Ken’s style is unique, these beautiful little sculptures are made from his studio in California in the US. His trees exhibit careful execution of bonsai styling while remaining very small. Some of his more interesting pieces include trees in baubles, group displays on small rocks and even one tree smaller than a thumbnail! Ken enjoys using coloured wires to create his trees and uses them for contrast and to represent parts of the trees like shari and jin (deadwood). He has a expert understand of bonsai styles and forms which shows though in his art, from informal upright, cascade, groups and on rock designs to name just a few.
I have a lot of respect for Ken and his work, he is inspirational to me. Ken if you read this, thanks for being great!
If you are looking for small bonsai style wire tree sculptures from an experienced artisan, I would highly recommend visiting Ken’s website or Facebook.
Wow, well what a year that was! After coming up with the idea of making wire tree sculptures on New Years day, by the end of the year I have created over 220 wire trees!
So what have I learnt from it all, well I know the skin on my fingers is certainly thicker! Obviously I got a lot better as time went on, and the first 6 months saw the most improvement. I have written a post about that here! I am pretty chuffed with how many I have sold in the first year and 2017 will comprise of going to a few arts and craft fairs to see what people think of my work.
I plan on experimenting for the first few months of 2017 as I have a ideas I want to play with to see if it evolves my style. I also want to create bigger wire trees (although I did damage my hand when building one that was around 30cm high!).
I appreciate all the support Amee my wife has given me, along with all the honest critique! Also to Andy at NorskiNoo Gallery for showcasing my work. I hope to get more trees in other galleries this year also.
Below you can find a best of 2016 video, these are the best trees made in that time, certainly not all of them made the cut.