For me, macrame is the ability to transfer everything in your imagination with knots. All you need is time and patience.
When I am knotting I feel a sense of satisfaction when I am able to create something new and being able to say I made that. I challenge myself, trying to make the final result different than the last piece or trying to make it a little better. Achieving something new and different everyday is my goal.
Many people would be surprised to know that I learned only by seeing other items made by artisans. While observing, I would carefully analyze each part. Later, when I was knotting my own work, I would try to replicate what I had seen but with more movement. At 18, I already knew that I wanted to be capable but I also wanted my pieces to be something truly different from what others made.
Percy is from Peru and I asked him about Peru and about the macrame of Peru. Peru is a country with excellent climatic conditions. It is the only South American country that has 3 of the natural regions, coastal, sierra, and rainforest. Each region has their own traditional dishes, a lot of them are world renowned. Since I have been making macrame, I have been able to see many places in my country, and have been able to meet many artisans. I think they could make beautiful work that could be sold in commercial zones. The lack of interest from the government has forced many artisans to sell their work on the street. I was very fortunate to be able to meet and work with Ian lander. He saw in me, effort and that’s why he decided to create a company and export my work to where we have been working for 8 years.
Tisti, ki redno berete, boste vedeli, kdo je Vozlar Peter (Peter the Knotter).
Peter mi je predstavil delo Elene Miklush in sedaj mi je v čast, da vam še jaz predstavim njeno delo.
V njenih besedah:
Vsak vozel je skrivnost.
Zavežete prvega, nato drugega, dodate barvo in teksturo, ne glede na to ali je fino najlonsko vlakno, konopljina vrvica, satenasta ali vrv, se skrivnost sčasoma razkrije v svojih obrisih.
Skušam ujeti razpoloženje vlaken in odkriti kaj skrivajo.
Všeč mi je, ko slika ostaja nejasna in ne prikaže gole resnice.
Kjer si lahko ogledate več:
Prosila sem Eleno, da nam pove več o sebi in dejala je naslednje:
Stara sem bila enajst ali dvanajst let, ko me je moja babica naučila prvega vozla. Tisti čas so vsi izdelovali sove in lončke, a moja babi je bila zelo kreativna, tako sva izdelovali torbe (celo zelo lepe in skušam narediti nekaj v tem stilu) in nakit ter pasove.
Težava je bila vedno nit – fino vezena svila je bila pretanka, tako sva razpletali vrvi za perilo. Rada sem imela pletenje, ampak ne tudi vseh priprav – merjenje in nizanje in izdelovanje »metuljev« iz vseh koncev. Ko je minilo kakšno leto sem z makrame-jem zaključila. Trajalo je skoraj 20 let in internet, da sem dojela, kakšen zaklad sem imela v rokah.
Ko sem prvič videla delo Joan Babcock, sem mislila, da gre za nizanje perl. Doživela sem nekakšen šok, ko sem dojela, da gre za vozlanje. To razsvetljenje je prišlo ne tako dolgo nazaj – leta 2008. Ponovno sem odkrila makrame in sebe v tej umetnosti. Na začetku sem izdelovala preprosti nakit za svoje sorodnike. Nato sem spoznala žensko, ki je organizirala Mednarodne razstave, ki se na letni ravni dogajajo v Belorusiji, v Minsku. Čeprav je bil dogodek povezan z nizanjem perl, se je odločila, da vključi tudi moje izdelke. Bili so dobro sprejeti.
Leto 2011 je bilo zaznamovano z mojimi prvimi razstavami – prvo v Minsku ‘Farby Dushi-2011′ (Barve Duše), BFW-2011 v skupinski razstavi, nato v Moskvi ‘Dizajn nizanja. Sveži val-2011′ (prejela sem prvo nagrado v svoji kategoriji), ‘Dizajn nizanja 2012′. Naslednja bo ponovno v Minsku – ‘Farby Dushi-2012′.
Sem mati dveh ne zelo odraslih fantov, ki imata veliko izven šolskih dejavnosti, pletem predvsem ponoči, tako traja 3 tedne da končam posamezni izdelek. Zadnje čase me je navdušilo kitajsko vozlanje in japonsko vpletanje, imenovano kumihimo. Trenutno delam na načinih, kako v svoje delo vključiti novo znanje.
Stara sem 37, imam 2 sinova. S svojo družino trenutno živim v Moskvi. Imam diplomo iz elektronike, a sem polno zaposlena mati.
I recently saw photos of some really interesting macrame bracelets and being the macrame addict that I am I just had to find the designers. They are selling their work on Mundial Treasure’s.
So I contacted the store owners to tell us about the artists and here is their interview.
Lucas is a 23 year old from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and his older brother Matias is 25.
When, and how did you get started in Macramé?
Lucas and Matias have been working as jewelry designers for the last seven years. They began their artisan lifestyle when their parents worked as craftsmen. This rare family art was passed down from parents to sons. At first, they worked side by side with their parents, then eventually branched off on their own when they had perfected of the art form. Lucas and Matias’s mother was the macramé artist. With her watchful eye they learned much from her. After some years, Matias and Lucas started traveling together. During their travels throughout South America they quickly learned that macramé was a great way to make money to fund their travels. Macramé is ideal to travel with because it is lightweight and small enough to carry around. After working with macrame for several years designing new pieces became second nature to them, just as it did with their parents. After making jewelry separately for some time, both Lucas and Matias started getting recognised for their talented work. Lucas and Matias became increasingly fascinated by the beauty of unique stones as they further developed as artisans. As Lucas and Matias travelled together they were continuously inspired by day to day life, and by people who admired their work.
What kept you inspired when times were tough and when motivation was low?
The two brothers jokingly explained that smoking a little marijuana helped them to break through some barriers. Lucas does not attempt new designs when not feeling inspired. Everyday life is their biggest inspiration. The rare moments, situations and unique characters that they meet every day is what truly inspire them. Matias feels similar about his inspirations, but and added that surfing, and ocean are what feeds creative process.
Do you have any advice for someone just starting out as a jewellery maker?
Patience is the key to succeeding, says Lucas. Adapting a personal style that is derived from your own fashion sense is important. Trust your instincts, and be conscious of your personal style. Don’t be afraid to try something new, and different, says Lucas.
Learn new knots and try different techniques when creating new pieces. The two brothers believe not only in trying new things but also in actively seeking out new ideas. When finished one piece it is important to start a new one right away, says Matias.
What’s your favorite kind of art to work with, and why?
That’s a difficult question, says Matias. Both brothers agree that they enjoy a wide variety of art work. They like to paint when they are painting, and enjoy making macramé jewelry when working on macramé. Now, both brothers are working on a hotel in Ecuador creating a mosaic mural. They are covering the dome of the roof, and are having a lot of fun doing it. Matias feels especially tied surfing. It may not be considered art in the traditional sense, but really enjoys it. Matias firmly believes that without surfing there would be no inspiration for art.
How long can it take to make a macramé piece?
A small bracelet, that they make regularly, can take a couple of hours, but other, more extravagant pieces can take upwards to two weeks to make.