Our healing touch
The comfort of just being together
“I’m the fourth generation of three sisters. I remember hearing the stories of how my great-grandmother and her sisters, young Italian immigrants, would dress each other’s hair each morning—brushing, braiding, pinning it up—before they started their day working in a factory sewing pockets on men’s workpants. As I grew up, I watched my mom and her sisters care for each other in close, affectionate ways. And with my own two sisters… we often find ourselves curled up on a couch, arms, legs overlapping, where just being together is the activity. It’s a comfort level achieved by quietly talking, laughing, playing with each other’s hair, being close to each other. “It’s the comfort you feel when you’re surrounded by those you trust and love—like with your sisters, or a mother and daughters, or very close cousins, or even best friends—the ones you can literally ‘let your hair down’ with. You don’t have to fill the spaces or explain yourself. You can just be together, and that, in and of itself, is healing. “Our healing touch is all about the hair. Hair is a symbol of our identity—who we are, how we see ourselves. Our hair differentiates us, but also connects us. Isn’t the first way we ‘date’ a photograph by the hairstyle? Hair is tactile, sensuous, and the touching and stroking of it can be comforting and healing. These women are connecting with each other in a quiet moment, attuned to each other, in harmony.” –Susan Lordi
A gift to celebrate supportive friendships among women. This piece could represent three sisters or close friends or cousins, or a mother with her two daughters
. 6.5"h hand-painted resin figure
.Figure of three women; one standing in cream dress, with arm around kneeling girl in cream dress, holding hand of seated girl in cream dress. (Kneeling girl is arranging hair of seated girl)
.Packaging box includes enclosure card for gift-giving
.Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents
Willow Tree sculptural art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope… all the emotions of a life well lived. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her studio in Kansas City Missouri. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and individually painted by hand. Expression is revealed through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features signify Willow Tree. It is Susan’s hope that these pieces be meaningful to both giver and receiver.
Susan Lordi's artistic process is rather intuitive; she "sketches" in clay as she conceives, sculpts and carves each piece, always with a focus on gesture that speaks to the universal. By stripping down the essence of emotion to pure form, she opens the interpretation of each piece to the giver and the receiver. This one-of-a-kind approach to product creation makes her pieces truly individual... her hand, and her unique perspective, is evident in each sculpture.