Tracy Deep from her series "Desert Song" As an artist, nature is not only her source of inspiration but also her medium and subject matter. She obsessively gathers all sorts of organic detritus such as dried tree branches, seed pods, kelp, raffia, and driftwood and breathes a second life into them, transforming them into ethereal, woven sculptures that enunciate her fascination for the natural world around her.
This hard maple piece represented a departure from my spoon and dish-based work. Photographer friend Rudy Hellmann "rescued" a section of maple tree that a neighbor had used as a support for both another tree and for a hoist. Made by carving into the end grain.