Willow Tree

Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each Willow Tree sculpture. Using family and friends as models, Susan tries to capture a moment in time. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and then individually painted by hand. Softly washed colours, carved and metal accents, and representative icons of nature mark Susan’s work.

Her figures continue to evolve as she identifies emotions so important for us to convey. Susan renders them in simple, pure gestures. These art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope…all the emotions of a life well lived.

The name Willow Tree was chosen to symbolise all that is gestural and beckoning. The figures are columnar in design, like a tree, and often carry natural objects or animals as metaphors for human virtues or qualities…rosemary for remembrance, a bird for healing, flowers for beauty. The sculptures are rendered so as to suggest elegance, simplicity, peace and serenity. Forms reveal their expressions through body gestures only…a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body.

Emotions are left to the viewer to discern, which makes them personal and powerful. ‘Willow Tree is not necessarily a likeness, it’s a way of conveying emotion…a reminder of someone we want to keep close, or a memory that we want to touch, or see.

I hope that people can recognise subtle expressions or gestures of those they love, and from that, be able to select pieces that are uniquely meaningful for them.’ Susan Lordi.

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  • 33.50

    An abundance of health and happiness.

    Height:13.5cm
    Width:9.0cm
    Depth:5.5cm

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    Always there, listening with a willing ear and an open heart.

    Height:9.5cm
    Width:9.0cm
    Depth:5.0cm

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    Willow Tree Wisdom

    “I wanted her to be very quiet, contemplative, calming … to exude a quiet happiness, contentment from within. My mom is the inspiration for this piece. She was a teacher most of her life. And she continues to pursue many, varied interests through reading and learning. She always read to us while we were growing up — and encouraged us to read. With her lifelong love of learning, she continues to open the world — to herself and others.” —Susan Lordi

    Willow Tree Wisdom is a gift for graduates, students, teachers, caregivers… or to celebrate special accomplishments.

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    Willow Tree With Sympathy

    The Willow Tree With Sympathy is an iconic figure of peace and serenity. Also, it is a tangible reminder of healing, comfort, hopefulness and remembrance in times of sorrow. Her gesture is one of openness and reflection. In addition, the white dove embodies inner beauty and peace.
    A gift to express sympathy, comfort, remembrance and healing.
    Also, the packaging box includes an enclosure card for gift-giving.

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    Willow Tree You and Me

    The Willow Tree You and Me figurine is a 7 inch hand-painted resin figure. The figure is of a couple with a seated man in taupe shirt with blue jeans. The woman is in a cream dress, standing behind the man with her arms around his neck.

    The packaging box includes an enclosure card for gift-giving.

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    Willow Tree You’re the Best

    “This piece is all about the apple. I wanted it to symbolize many things … to stand out, be large, delicious, shiny. Obviously, it’s a symbol for teacher appreciation — but the apple is also just a beautiful fruit! A metaphor for good health, for wisdom, for someone chosen for something big … for a special person who always gives the best of her or himself, and makes a difference in the lives of others. I like that this piece is so open — I’ll be interested to read how others interpret it.” —Susan Lordi

    Willow Tree You’re the Best is a gift to express appreciation and thankfulness for teachers, volunteers, donors, caregivers, friends.

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    Hold close that which we hold dear.

    Height:14.0cm
    Width:9.0cm
    Depth:5.0cm