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Akers of Art - Wire Sculptures and Bespoke Art
Hi and welcome. My name is Rachel and I am the owner and artist here at Akers of Art.
I specialise in wire sculptures either in a frame to hang on your wall or free form.
I draw my inspiration from my home town of Birmingham but also my travels all over the world. Having lived in New Zealand for 8 years, spending 6 months of my university time on an exchange in Connecticut USA and many travels in Europe and worldwide.
I find, in cities, the juxtaposition of architecture to green spaces quite beautiful, it is surprising how much woodland is still left untouched in a big city like Birmingham. There are some incredible new and unique buildings going up all around the city but also some stunning old buildings. Dotted between these buildings you will always find trees and plants to keep us all in touch with nature. This is true in many big cities around the world, like Auckland in New Zealand, Sydney in Australia and Barcelona in Spain. I could go on. There are so many stunning unique architectural and natural combinations in these places. It is easy to create wonderful artwork with all this inspiration, much of it on my doorstep.
In my sculptures I use various thicknesses and colours of wire and semi-precious gemstones to create bespoke and unusual pieces that are fluid and winding like a beautiful tree but also have the rigidity and structure of the angular frame like the architecture I see all around me. I manipulate the wire into the form of the tree trunk and branches so each piece is unique. I don’t always use a frame and let the tree flow naturally into unusual forms. I love the use of the wire to create the wood like texture and when the light bounces off the metal and gemstones it creates an ethereal like quality.
The tree of life that I commonly use in my sculptures is a symbol of personal development and growth. It represents a feeling of togetherness and that feeling that you are not alone. The roots dig deep into the earth that grounds us and the branches reach high up into the sky taking energy from the sun and the moon. It also symbolises our ancestry and family and the bonds that we have with them.
Trees in themselves represent strength and resilience as they stand tall, to weather a storm but each one is unique and individual, not one of them the same, representing the unique part each one of us takes in the world.
I also use many beautiful semi precious gemstones in my work, each believed to have their own healing properties.
Take a look at my blog to find the case study on how to commission a sculpture by clicking the button below, if you need inspiration or would like more information on how a bespoke commission works.
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If you would like to learn more about me then follow the link to my About Me page where I tell you about where my love of art began and how I developed my skills. Also if you would like to see the gallery of my work then follow the link below...