No.5 - Brass Wall Basket
This project seems to embody the direction I see my work headed in: combining precision and freehand techniques. The wooden flanges are very symmetrical and repeatable, as is the main brass bar structure. The woven part (the basket itself) is all bent by hand and by eye without the use of any sort of jig.
After some experimentation, I decided that a more freeform approach to the basket bending was more appealing, both in the process of making and in the final aesthetic. The subtle variations in the bent wire add character and show that a human hand was involved in its creation. We've all seen machine-made wire constructions (shopping carts come to mind) which in my opinion have a very cold and lifeless personality.
The initial idea came from staring at a blank wall and thinking, "what if you can attach a basket right there?"