something special

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“The gesture of something special is one of protection and caring for something precious... our children, our earth, our natural resources. I see it as a hopeful piece about possibilities… about every child, doing his or her share.The rock is etched with words and images. The puzzle pieces allude to how we are all inextricably linked together… they’re also symbols of children with autism. 'special' can mean many things—the special responsibility to care for our planet—and to nurture ALL our children to care for their future. 'something' can be interpreted on many levels. The little sprout is an unknown. What’s it going to become? And the boy is a sprout too… what’s he going to become? He could represent hope for the future… This piece could be a symbol of newness and beginnings. Also...For many years we’ve wanted to experiment with environmentally friendly packaging that wouldn’t increase breakage. We’re excited to try it with the packaging of something special. The inner shell is made from biodegradable paper pulp, so now both shell and box can be easily recycled.” —Susan Lordi
A gift to express appreciation and thankfulness for teachers, volunteers, donors, caregivers, friends… or for those who love plants and flowers!
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  • 5.5”h hand-painted resin figure
  • Packaging box includes enclosure card for gift-giving
  • Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.
Our Story
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.
The Artist

Susan Lordi

Susan Lordi has a keen observation of the human form. Inspired by dance, art history, nature, and personal experiences with family and friends, Susan uses figurative sculpture to reflect our relationship with people and the world around us. In additi on to working in sculpture, Susan has spent years making art with cloth. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textile Design and her fiber art has been exhibited internationally. A monograph of her art textiles has been published in the Portfolio Colle ctionby Telos Art Publishing and she is featured in the book Art Textiles of the World: USA.

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  • Sweden

    Posted by Ashley-Nicole on Apr 7th 2015

    What a seemingly perfect piece for our beloved son's educational assistant leaving. We picked this piece for her before reading about the puzzle piece etchings and their representation of autism, which our son has. Rather we picked it for the characteristics of the boy, his profound love for nature and to protect the sprout, symbolizing both a new beginning for his EA leaving and the representation of the growth within our son from her hard work. Truly why we love Willow Tree so much is that it is a presentation of so many bigger things around us.

  • Suisse, Valais

    Posted by Karen L Smith on Apr 6th 2014

    My son picked this piece for my Mother, his Grandmother during a critical hospital stay. She has grown many things from seed with him through the years and also planted seeds of strength, knowledge and respect in him. It was a perfect piece to remind her of their bond during a difficult time in ICU where flowers were not a choice, but this lasting gift was.

  • Las Cruces

    Posted by Rachel on Apr 3rd 2014

    This is the latest edition to my collection. Bought for me for Mother's Day, it has special meaning to me because our youngest son is disabled and has special needs...he is my 'something special'

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