Things I Can’t Make: Wire Art by Carol Bellamy + Air Plant Garden Tutorial
Carol Bellamy of Meadow Vista, CA makes very elaborate wire art. My mother has given me two pieces by Bellamy as gifts-for-no-special-occasion (as I’ve mentioned before, my mom is awesome!). Each sculpture Bellamy creates is crafted from a single length of wire, ranging in length from 3 feet to 350 feet. Having worked with wire for jewelry on a much smaller scale, this blows my mind.
I first saw the wire tree while window-shopping at a gallery in Auburn, CA. I thought it would be perfect for displaying earrings (if you’ve seen my San Francisco apartment, you know I have, one, a ton of earrings and, two, very little space for art that isn’t “functional.”)
Air Plant Garden Tutorial
The first piece of Bellamy’s wire-art my mom gave me was this starfish. I once told my mom my earliest memory consists of collecting starfish from Pacific tide pools, but I seemed to have blocked out the devastating part where she made me put them back.
So, in the name of functional art, I turned this starfish into an air plant garden. You’ve probably seen this done recently with driftwood and terrariums. It’s easy! You will need:
- something to showcase your air plants (a stick, a fancy rock, a wire starfish)
- air plants (I got mine at Hortica in the Castro)
- a hot glue gun
If you’d like to learn more about Carol Bellamy’s wire art, you can visit her website.