Twig artist Susy Perrine will be constructing a twig garden structure on a Wiscasset Village sidewalk during the Wiscasset Art Walk from 5-8 p.m., Sept. 30. Photo courtesy of Susy Perrine

Susy Perrine is a self-described twig artist and will be building a garden structure out of twigs during the Wiscasset Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30. She’ll be under a tent on one of the sidewalks in Wiscasset Village.

“I’m interested in the process almost as much as in the end result,” the Woolwich artist said in a news release. She’s inspired by the materials, especially those that are easily available, which she describes as “sometimes trash or discarded materials.” That’s when her creative thinking blooms and leads to new endeavors.

Early on, she started weaving structures with children. When she was asked to create a large woven piece for a community project during Watson Farm’s Sheep to Shawl Program on Jamestown, Rhode Island, she first laid out the warp of fabric strips on the ground to fill about 50 square feet. She then attached fabric strips to children, becoming the weft, who pulled the strips over and under the warp. In two days of weaving, Susy estimates she had about 250 children participating.

The success of her unconventional weaving with children encouraged her to experiment with more materials and methods, including bamboo, cardboard, recycled lobster trap rope, saplings and twigs.

Her first big twig project, in 1998, was weaving a hut during a Providence (Rhode Island) Waterfront Festival, a music fest with multiple stages and craft presentations; Perrine was in the folk-art section. Because the event was located on the lawn in front of the State House, she was able to push large twigs into the ground as the frame of her construction and then wove smaller twigs in and out to form the structure. She invited passersby to help and added fragrant flowers near the doorway of her hut to entice visitors to enter.

Because Perrine enjoys the challenge of using new materials in unexpected ways, she often makes a limited number of an item and then moves on to another project. So far, Susy has made lamps, scarves, twig huts, fashions out of recycled materials, garden structures, and stitched greeting cards. She’s inspired by other artists and finds that living in Maine encourages her out-of-the-box approach by providing the time, place, and materials to satisfy her ever-changing creative interests. In addition to making her own pieces, she’s drawn to teaching and sharing, which she does as artist-in-residence at regional schools, as art director at Wavus Camp in Jefferson during summer 2021, and at collaborative project sites like the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.

During September’s Wiscasset Art Walk, Perrine will also be exhibiting some of her small-sized maquettes and other handmade creations in the Hasenfus Gallery, 64 Main St. Her work is also on display at Markings Gallery in Bath.

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