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Arts and Design: Twigs and Branches as Unique Source of Art

Updated on July 31, 2012

Of Twigs and branches

The usual thing we do with twigs is to make it as fuel when cooking in a gas stove. The same with dried branches that fall from trees, we gather or collect it for fuel.

When the monsoon surge hit Manila last Saturday (July 28, 2012) while typhoon Gener pummeled the northern upper part of the Philippines, branches and twigs of star apple tree fell on the backyard of our boarding house.

I gathered it and separated it from fallen leaves as I cleaned the surrounding of the house the next morning.

With the twigs and branches, a though comes to mind and I remember what I've read about some art enthusiasts designing unusual shapes and forms out of twigs and branches that they collected from seashore, mountains and nearby houses after a stormy evening.

I haven't done anything with the twigs and branches I collected, but on this hub, I will share with you some awesome works of twig artists that I admired


Twigs and branches of star apple tree after a monsoon surge last Saturday - July 28, 2012 (Photo Source: Travel Man)
Twigs and branches of star apple tree after a monsoon surge last Saturday - July 28, 2012 (Photo Source: Travel Man)
Twig Art by Paul Schick
Twig Art by Paul Schick

Organic Fine Art Sculpture by Paul Schick

For twig artist Paul Schick, the organic movement and 3D-ness of his artworks are visible on his masterpieces. (Source: www.atlantishome.com)

Paul Schick is promoting organic art in forms of twigs and branches or the so-called Organic Fine Art Twig Sculpture.

Paul Schick’s twig art began in 1987, after five mind-expanding years at Otis College of Art and Design. His inspiration includes: artists Charles Arnoldi, Deborah Butterfield and Andy Goldsworthy. His originality is by using natural media. His creations have been featured in some of the finest hotels, spas and designer homes across North America.

In honor of Earth Day, he was highlighed as an artist who creates organic works that literally stem from the Earth.

Paul Schick (himself) and his twig sculpture (Photo Credit: www.paulschick.com)
Paul Schick (himself) and his twig sculpture (Photo Credit: www.paulschick.com)
This book, published in France to document Patrick’s work there for Domaine de Trevarez (Finistere), is in both French and English with lovely photos of the work Sur Les Pas d’Atlas/In the Footsteps of Atlas, as well as others of Patrick’s works. Pub
This book, published in France to document Patrick’s work there for Domaine de Trevarez (Finistere), is in both French and English with lovely photos of the work Sur Les Pas d’Atlas/In the Footsteps of Atlas, as well as others of Patrick’s works. Pub

Stick Art Installations by Patrick Dougherty

Nivaldo de Lima featured one of Patrick Dougherty's stick art installations via his blog.

More than 200 stick art installations were commissioned and featured in the United States of America and popular cities around the globe.

His art is noticed in the early 1980s by using tree saplings that ventured into twigs and branches.

He literally lives with his art as his handmade house of log in Chapel Hill, NC is being occupied by him and his family (wife Linda and son Sam).

Toad Hall @ Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA, 2005. (Photographer: Nell Campbell)
Toad Hall @ Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA, 2005. (Photographer: Nell Campbell) | Source
Debbie and Mike Schramer with Tree House (Photo Credit: Debbie Schramer)
Debbie and Mike Schramer with Tree House (Photo Credit: Debbie Schramer)

Twigs and branches Art Collage by Debbie Schramer

American Debbie Schramer has art collage using twigs and branches as part of her expertise being a professional artist.

She also dabbles in mixed media, interior design, photography, painting and a lot more.

Her works have been featured in many events, new items in newspapers, magazines, books and blogs, too.

She credits her husband, Mike, who's also an art enthusiast in helping achieve her goals.

Ms. Schramer is also active in promoting her works, along with her collaboration with his husband that earned them worldwide accolade.

Interview with Debbie Schramer, artist c/o natureartists

Earth Art

My applause, two thumbs up and giddy dance to the man...I mean his my personal choice as the epitome of Earth Art by using all natural twigs, branches, and a lot more in order to build his art.

I'm talking about British artist Andy Goldsworthy of England. His critics call his art as ephemeral art by using all the natural elements found on Earth.

He doesn't only concentrate on twigs and branches installations but also in photography and sculpture.

He never concentrate on one medium, as in twigs only or branches or tree saplings. He combined it all in order to come up with the most unique of earth-friendly sculpture that will bring you to an advocacy in natural art.

Perhaps, I was enthralled the moment I saw one of his displays online.

One of Andy Goldsworthy's masterpieces (Photo Credit: Hamilton Magazine online)
One of Andy Goldsworthy's masterpieces (Photo Credit: Hamilton Magazine online) | Source

Disclaimer

All artists featured on my hub are award-winning.

I'm one of their fans and I'm here to share what they continue to contribute to the people or the world.

We always appreciate polished and more modern art, but their works will always be part of my life and my advocacy to nature.


(With personal writings and opinion from travel_man1971 aka Ireno A. Alcala, July 31, 2012)

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Hello travel_man, I enjoyed your tree branch art page. Sculpting and designing with found materials always interests me. Appreciate you putting this page together, the images are amazing. Regards, snakeslane

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow this is such a great hub and i love how they use things from nature to make great works of art. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Lightshare 4 years ago

      Wouh!!! great ideas. Twig art gives us a natural feel always at anywhere. Thank u very much for an interesting and informative hub.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Yeah, great ideas. High class art made of something we often neglect. Thank you for sharing.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @lindalou1963: Thanks for recognizing my effort to complete this hub. It's really worth-sharing achievement of artists who care so much for the preservation of this planet.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @snakelane: We share the same interest and I make it a point to collect some twigs and branches for future use (art installation, etc.).

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @kashmir56: Thank you for loving those works of art. They're awesome!!!

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Lightshare: Thanks for dropping by. I'm sure you've seen one near your community. Twig artists are so inspiring in promoting environmental values, like caring for our planet by turning waste materials into artworks.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @agusfanani: Thank you for citing such particular notion about twig art. Many will see twigs and fallen branches as garbage, but for them, it's good source of art.

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      Lightshare 4 years ago

      Thanks travelman. -)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I had fun reading this and it adds to my amazement at the talent on Hub. Great hub and fun things to do with twigs.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @carol7777: Thank you for appreciating such incredible talents. They're underrated but they effective ambassadors for Mother Earth.

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