Updated: Apr 16
Recently I have added the art of knotting into my practice. From this meditative process, the possibilities are limitless; there always seem to be new ways to work with fiber, so many new techniques, and also many new products to experiment with coming on the market. Although I do enjoy using new materials, I prefer working in the realm of found materials, as per the potential that recycling has to evoke memories and emotions.
Fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. The term came into use by curators and art historians to describe the work of the artist-craftsman following World War II. Those years saw a sharp increase in the design and production of "art fabric."
Macrame the art of knotting
Knotting is a form of fiber art. Macrame is one of the oldest crafts in the world, and it was the crafty craze of the Seventies, but dates back to ancient times.
Currently, its popularity has increased because of its simple technique and well known therapeutic qualities of tying knots that can strengthen hands and arms muscles. Creating a macramé product can be very calming and soothing to the body, mind and spirit; it is also a sustainable art option.
I enjoy the versatility of craft and the fact that it is inexpensive and accessible. It is refreshing going back to my knotting roots, a craft that I learned at a young age during my after school clubs. The macrame's club was a hub of creativity and fun run by skilled artisans determined to pass their knowledge to the younger generation.
If there is something that attracts me to macrame, it is the notion of sensuality in the constant string of repetitive gestures, this sense of manipulation provokes an expressive form of emotion and sensitivity that requires focus and improvisation.