I have an exciting piece to share with you today, one that has been in process for several months and in conversation for several years.Â The owner originally found me at a show, and after emailing a handful of times over a few years, she returned to say that she had traveled much of the country and hadn’t seen anything quite like my work, and would I create a large scale piece for her home?Â (An aside: the email came just days after I lost my job and was mustering up the courage to take my business full time.Â That, my friends, is the sound of the Universe clicking into place.)
The piece is seven feet tall (just over 2 meters), so it currently ties for the largest piece I’ve created in metal.Â (The COSE piece in the terminal tower beats it by a thread.)Â The new piece is affectionately called “Red Tree”, because I couldn’t think of a better name.Â It began as this thumbnail sketch:
It was designed to hang in a foyer — the straight side of the tree parallels a second floor opening, while the organic edge reaches over a nearby doorway.
Here are a few fun pics of the piece in progress:
The above photo shows the center section of the tree in progress — it will become the lower half of the red leaves.Â I love this photo because it shows the various stages of the copper.Â The blue square is a new piece of copper, with the protective film still on.Â The pinkish squares are etched with maple leaves and scrubbed clean.Â The orange squares have been given a heat patina, which helps create a more vibrant red color later.
The same middle section with the branches laid out:
Almost finished — using different thicknesses of backs to create the necessary layering:
Paying someone else to install it, priceless :)
My favorite detail shot, showing the layering and where the trunk peeks through the leaves:
On that note, I’m ready for a vacation!Â My lovely man and I are heading up to Canada in a few days to enjoy a week of campfires and hiking and stargazing and nothing-doing before show season kicks in.Â I’ll be closing down my shop and setting my email to autopilot Thursday evening, and will be offline until the end of May.
Take care, I’ll miss you all!!