Macramé, the craft of knot tying, last enjoyed favor in the 1970s. It is becoming more popular again and is desirable now because of the handmade and natural fiber elements.
Rope can be simultaneously feminine and strong. Modern macrame is an additive sculpture and a good way to describe how artists, like Miami's Kandi Stirman whose work is shown here, are currently working with rope. "With fiber you can take your time and change directions on the fly unlike you are able to do when you are sculpting with marble compared to sculpting with fiber." says Stirman whose work is featured here.
Rope can form different directions and create depth in three dimensions. Here we see a traditional marine approach to tying knots. If you know your knots you may recognize a clove hitch, or a double overhead or a double half hitch.
This piece called "Sonoma" is made for a man's open closet. The natural cotton is a nice masculine touch and Sonoma is the type of area where these colors will blend well applying that inspiration to the logistics of making this for a man's open closet.
"Heartstrings" features a giant heart inspired by a loved one receiving a new heart. The colors are strong and vibrant representing a strong and vibrant heart. Originally constructed and joined with dowling it was decided that in future commissions bamboo would be incorporated as a stronger and more resilient component of this modern macrame.
This piece titled "Kimono" was originally inspired by the metro in Paris, but when finished this wall decor intended to hang behind a bed looked more like a kimono.
The art world is trending to recognize rope as art because for many decades it was considered tacky. Louis Vuitton exhibited rope wing chairs during a recent Design Exhibition during Art Basel Miami Beach.
In a time when we are so connected to technology working with fiber is different. Macramé allows for whimsical creations and artists find the repetition of taking the ropes and tying the knots is like meditating.