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Weaving Unique Artwork in Unlikely Materials

Weaving with Coated Wire

When it comes to art, there are endless possibilities for creativity and innovation. It is probably no surprise by now that I love combining unique materials in unusual technique combinations. The bright coated wire art offers a fresh and innovative approach to creating this unique and nature-inspired piece. The use of unlikely materials, weaving techniques, and raw wood backgrounds all contribute to the beauty and charm. 

How are these sculptural wall artworks created?

Creating art with bright coated wire is a meticulous process. The wires need to be strung and woven tight so as not to sag when the weaving process is complete. This is especially true of the monofilament fishing line that creates the invisible vertical lines. You would think that I would have learned by now to wear gloves or tape my hands, but pulling that hard on a line can leave blisters along the way. I just can't seem to give up the feel of knowing the exact tension I am working with. Additionally, the metal has memory, and the copper wire inside the coated sheath will leave kinks in the pattern if I am not really careful when pulling and bending. There is a balancing act between the wire tension and the delicate weaving techniques required to make this all come together.


Process of Adrienne Key weaving coated wire onto a wood board

Sometimes the process is a bit messy

Working to get the structure of the weaving and the wires correct was my first priority. I knew that if I cut the ends to clean up the sides too soon, I might not have enough material if somehow I need to move and rearrange the shapes and sculptural elements. Here it is half woven with the sides all a mess.


A process image of a wire weaving on a wood board with the wires going in all directions before getting trimmed

What makes bright coated wire art unique?

Bright coated wire art is unique for several reasons. Firstly, the use of wire as a weaving medium allows for intricate and floating designs that are not easily achievable with traditional natural fibers. The bright coating adds a pop of color to the artwork, making it visually striking and vibrant. Additionally, the combination of industrial wire with nature-inspired themes creates a juxtaposition that is both unexpected and captivating.

Colorful Wall Art Using Alternative Weaving Materials

After I finished this colorful wall art piece, it was all I could do to keep from running my hands over the wire weaving again and again. The textures on this are beautiful to look at from afar, but the closer you get, the more you can see the details that will make you want to touch it and not just look at it. This finished work is 18x24 inches. 

18x24 Colorful abstract  artweaving with multi color coated wire on a wood base