Recently I have been experimenting with video and below is the first two tests.
This crystal wire tree sculpture uses around 800 beads of various green colours and has 160 wires in the tree itself. This one took quite a long time to make, as 5 beads per wire is time consuming. The beads are glass and are faceted but also slightly rounded which made using them easier! I wanted to have natural looking roots and they sit on the driftwood base nicely. I am really happy with how it turned out. This will be listed on the website at some point but if you are interested, please contact me.
This wire tree is made with 4 colours of wire, silver, rose gold, dark purple and grape purple and the wire is 0.315mm thick. There is a dramatic twist in the trunk showing off the different coloured wires and styled as a informal upright this wire tree sits in a white rectangular Walsall studio ceramics container and has a moss effect on the base. You can see there are some exposed roots to complete the sculpture.
This tree is available for purchase, please contact us for details.
These wire tree sculptures were created between autumn and winter 2016.
A collection of the trees made between summer and autumn 2016.
These wire tree sculptures were created between spring and summer 2016.
These are the wire tree sculptures that were made between New Years and Spring 2016.
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.