There is a repetition in Macrame that is soothing... Macrame works beautifully in symmetry and is built for symmetry. Working in 2's, 4's etc. feels natural however I've been a slave to the symmetry and it has definitely been limiting in terms of my aesthetic and creative growth. So today...I am starting the process of abandoning symmetry in my Macrame.
Don't worry, it will be a slow transition. I'm not crazy! I started this process in a piece called "Balmoral" and I fought the urge for symmetry. I'll continue to fight it as I grow as a fiber artist.
What I've observed so far is the more I leave symmetry behind...the more the rope guides me in making the design which is both liberating and exhilarating.
Check out the design below where I begin with symmetry and at the top and then let the rope run free.
Oh and this piece was made using the 12" brass.....verdict...it's beautiful!
I am forever on a search for new materials to incorporate in to my macrame designs. Elsie Goodwin uses brass rods in her designs and I had been on the lookout for some myself to compliment the T-shirt Jersey I use from Wool and the Gang.
Well by George I got it! I found some great brass rods on Amazon and they are giving me life. Great prices too! They come in a variety of sizes. I'm going to test out the 12" rods first.
Brass C260 Seamless Round Tubing, 11/32" OD,0.316"ID, 0.014" Wall, 12" Length (Pack of 9)
I'll update you with some finished products soon!
So, after yesterday pop-up at Bridgeport Art Center, one this is quite clear. People like my stuff! Which is amazing and reassuring however what is the next move? I've been online all day researching. Looking up boutiques in the city of Chicago that carry handmade home decor items.
I stumbled upon a article about West Elm even hosting local artists too! So now I need to get to emailing and create a stock list of my stuff! I'm super scared but the worst people can say is no right?
I started my instagram page!!!! Whoo Hoo! You can follow me @urbanmacramefibers and I also created a quick square space for online orders. First thing I realized when I created the square space is that I need to name my items! I hadn't even thought about this before the online store. Being that I'm a native Chicagoan and I have nothing but love for my city.....
Ive decided to name all everything I create after a Chicago Street name! I can't think of a better way to pay homage!