You're The Best!

Thank you for making a difference
"This piece is all about the apple. I wanted it to symbolize many things ... to stand out, be large, delicious, shiny. Obviously, it’s a symbol for teacher appreciation — but the apple is also just a beautiful fruit! A metaphor for good health, for wisdom, for someone chosen for something big ... for a special person who always gives the best of her or himself, and makes a difference in the lives of others. I like that this piece is so open — I’ll be interested to read how others interpret it.” —Susan Lordi
A gift to express appreciation and thankfulness for teachers, volunteers, donors, caregivers, friends.
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5.5”h hand-painted resin figure with wire wings 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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  • Berkshire.

    Posted by Wendy fowkes on Aug 13th 2015

    There is always that one special teacher that makes your school life turn around, one teacher you respect who becomes your role model and you know you will never forget. This was my daughter's grade 7 teacher. When Elise presented her teacher with the thank you angel and a lovely written card, the teacher had to go outside, she was crying so much. She told me she had always wanted a Willow Tree.This year my daughter graduates and we will be going back to see her teacher and give her the You're the Best angel. I know these Angels mean so much. I have given many for bereavements, best friends. It's always a very welcome gift.

  • Raleigh, NC

    Posted by V Mavis on Apr 27th 2013

    I was given this beautiful piece by a grateful anonymous couple, soon to be complete with their first child. I gave the gift of life to help grow a family and bless them with a little angel. This gift touched my heart and I feel a deep connection with them although we have never met. I wish them the best and I hope their family remains blessed always.

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