For my upcycle project, I wanted to explore a neutral earthy aesthetic. This aesthetic often includes light, neutral colors, organic or naturally occurring materials, and a mix of bohemian and minimalist styles.
I often see this aesthetic in interior design and home décor, usually expressed through light walls, wooden furniture, mirrors, plants, decorative organic materials (twigs, shells, driftwood), and accents incorporating warm colors (rugs, blankets, tapestries, wall hangings).
In particular, plants make up a large defining feature of this aesthetic. Either live plants (potted, hanging, vase), or plant inspired decorations (decorative twigs, driftwood, sprigs of herbs or wildflowers) are often found in a neutral earthy aesthetic. However the color scheme of this aesthetic is never harsh, dark, or intensely vibrant. Softer colors, gentle forest greens, neutrals, and gentle pastels are more common. Wood itself as a material is also a defining feature of this aesthetic– often all furniture is made of wood (tables, chairs, picture frames, bed frames).
I want to incorporate this design by using copper wire to create a wire sculpture that will represent this aesthetic. I think the color of the copper wire would be the perfect way to tie into this, and I will sculpt organic shapes to go with the aesthetic. Some of the photos I looked at to find inspiration included art with copper and wood, sculptures of earthy materials, and hanging art.
The materials I plan to upcycle are insulated copper wire (owned from previous projects, I intend to strip the wire), bare copper wire (also owned from previous projects), and stereo wire (borrowed from a friend). I also plan to upcycle an old wooden frame to mount the sculpture in. I chose this material because I was inspired by the color. The subject of the sculpture I want to be natural and organic, which I think will harmonize with the metal medium.