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U.K.-based Michelle McKinney started her career in jewelry design, but shifted to larger-scale contemporary artwork and sculptures after she discovered ultra-fine woven metal. These extremely malleable metals have a translucent quality and can be easily bent by hand and cut with scissors. Inspired by the ephemerality of nature, McKinney captures and contrasts that fragility with the strength and durability of the woven metals.

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McKinney crafts, colors, and shapes each individual component by hand before putting them together to form a larger shape that indicates movement. The simplicity of her artwork belies the complexity and effort of capturing the feeling of fleeting nature with lifelike metal parts. The shapes are cut from copper, brass, or steel mesh and then pinned into a dynamic shape on a white background.

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