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Rhiannon Thomas

Wire Art

I'm very much looking forward to Cambridge Christmas 13, this year I will be showing my Christmas cards, greetings cards, small seasonal paintings and wire sculptures.

I'm always taking photos of plants and flowers; my phone is full of snaps of beautiful flowers I find on my way to work or walking around town! I love the amazing variety of shapes and forms of flowers and create my own interpretation of them using ink, pencil and oil pastel. When it’s not raining, I enjoy painting in the garden or at the botanical gardens.

Having studied Textile Crafts at University, my paintings have a textile feel about them as they could be translated to a woven or embroidered piece. I also create wire sculptures using traditional techniques such basketry and braiding, to produce 3D textiles. I make the sculptures with wire, cotton, paper yarn and occasionally old musical instrument strings. They are displayed both in box frames and on small wooden plinths. Each material responds differently creating an exciting process and a lovely outcome. Once framed, light plays an important role with the shadows that the sculptures create looking like a line drawing behind the sculpture.

I show my wire sculptures at Cambridge Contemporary Crafts and my cards at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

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