At the turn of the millennium, Missouri-based artist Susan Lordi decided to create a new project. The project was called Willow Tree, and comprises a series of intimate, personal figurines, each of which is created by Susan in her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. The pieces you see here are cast from those original carvings, before being hand-painted individually. The results, we’re sure you’ll agree, are quite beautiful.
Susan’s work is heavily inspired by the world dance, and so you’ll find that much of her work’s emotional power comes not from the detail of the facial expression – which is intentionally left blank – but by gesture. This allows us to focus on the broader gestures which often go unnoticed.
In this range we have figures which celebrate family life, such as a Father and daughter, two brothers, a father and son, and a grandmother. We also have those with more religious implications, like angels knelt in prayer, and offering lanterns hopefully upward.
It should go without saying that these gifts are suitable for those occasions with deep emotional resonance. If you have a wedding, a christening or a significant anniversary on the horizon, then one of these figures will give you a symbol to mark the occasion, and be reminded of it in the future.