“Opened”, a contemporary basketry piece by Sharon Stafford, has won third place in the 2018 Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition. This award is quite special to Sharon because “Opened” is a wonderful intersection of the two main branches of her art – metalwork and basketry/weaving with metal. The textures and forms of the two work together beautifully in this piece. She’s still thrilled and amazed by the final outcome of this piece.
This is Sharon’s second recognition by the Lewton-Brain Foldform competition. In 2016 she received Juror’s Choice recognition for “Coiled Cup” another piece combining foldforming and basketry techniques.
The Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition, founded in 2012, is a survey of the evolution of foldforming as it is applied in the world today in jewelry, sculpture, architecture, functional objects, and unexpected applications. Judges look for a well-crafted use of foldforming techniques in the metal arts, in a fully realized work, with points for excellence of execution and bold explorations. Complexity carries weight, but so does creativity and fresh expression. Artists are often recognized for simple folds that are deftly repeated, used in mixed media, or combined with other metal techniques. And prize-winners from previous years are asked to introduce substantive change or evolution in their new entries.
About this piece:
15”h x 15”w x 2 1/4”d
techniques: foldforming, twining
The four copper pods in the piece were created with the metalsmiting technique – foldforming. Sharon then wove four copper wire “petals” around them with the traditional basketry technique – twining. The pods were then sewn into the petals with copper wire.