Monica Cielesz, the copper artist behind Aurora 21 Designs, has always had a love for art and copper. Previously working with horses and leatherwork, her path crossed with flame painted copper, and she became enchanted by the medium. Putting aside her leather working tools, she spent countless hours learning to produce the vibrant colors on the copper using heat. Her initial work included unique designs, inspired by the Pacific Northwest's landscape, carefully sanded into copper panels. With a desire to make larger pieces, she experimented with thinner sheets to create woven copper and became immersed in this art form.
This work requires quite a bit of precise measuring and initial planning. The metal is first heated to bring out the beautiful vibrant colors. After firing upon the copper, soft curves are cut and woven carefully together. A special coating seals and protects the colors from further oxidation, then it is framed or backed with a hand sanded aluminum sheet, ready to adorn the walls of your home or office.
Monica's copper pieces have found homes across the nation and overseas in England, Dubai, and Amsterdam. She continues to make Sunbursts, her signature non-woven pieces, on a limited basis. Contact Monica to learn more about her contemporary copper art.