The Magic of Macramé

Knots, knitting, crochet & macrame are a bundle of ancient techniques all creating repetitive structures from jointing thread or rope. For some DIY inspiration check out the macrame supplies retailer KingsKountry website or simply do some Googling!

What so neat about these techniques is that is opens up for material re-use as the thread or rope is left ”un-tarnished” by the knotting. The applications are endless, from a utility fishermans net to well, basically anything. Furniture is merely one usage…

Seeing Marcel Wanders Knotted Chair (from 1996) kind of makes me want to pick up knitting again…

”A marriage of high-technology materials with the methods of traditional craft, Knotted Chair confounds expectations of how a textile should perform; Wanders has created a surreal doll’s chair for adults.”

”To make the chair, cords composed of aramid fibers twisted around a carbon core are knotted together by hand before being draped over a mold. The soft net is then infused with epoxy resin and dried to harden the textile and set the chair’s shape. This process, termed Dry Tech, employs passive, low-energy techniques—saturating, molding, and drying—to achieve strength and stability of form.” 

”The resulting chair is lightweight, delicate, and intricately formed, yet is surprisingly sturdy, supportive, and durable.”

Marcel Wanders

Pictures from
www.wikipedia.org/wiki/knots
www.crochet4you.com
www.bonluxat.com
www.core77.com
www.minim.es
www.amsterdamology.com
 
Quotes from
www.MoMa.org
 
 
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