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Macrame as Sculpture
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The technique I use is called Macrame, an old knotting process that again became very popular in the 1970's. I find the knotting process very satisfying, both because it can be held in my hands, and because it is very meditative."

Knotting can be a challenging process because,although it works easiest in horizontal or vertical lines, I like to work freeform, which might include circles, angles, movement that swirls and patterns that want to go in different directions."

I like to use the cords in ways that push the knotting to its limits. The thrill of using this freeform knotting technique comes from following what the cords want to do and seeing what appears."

-Sandy Swirnoff


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The simplicity of the basic knot, combined with the repetitive nature of knotting, is meditative and allows me to immerse myself in the work. As each knot is tied, it is as though a pulse is added to the form, as though I am breathing life into the weave.

-Norman Sherfield