Those of you who are regular readers will know Peter the Knotter.
Peter introduced me to the work of Elena Miklush and now it is my honor
to introduce her to her work.
In her own words:
Every knot is a mystery.
You tie the first, then the second, you add color and texture, whether it is a fine nylon fiber, a hemp
twine, a satin cord or a rope, and the mystery gradually comes out showing its outlines.
I try to catch on with the mood of the fiber and reveal what it hides.
I like it when the image stays vague and does not show the bare truth.
It is a niche where everyone can find one’s personal or private vision.
Where you can see more:
I asked Elena to tell us more about herself and here’s what she had to say:
I was eleven or twelve when my grandmother taught me my first knots. At that time everyone made owls and pots but my granny was very creative so we preferred bags ( in fact very beautiful and I have in mind to try to make something of the sort) and jewelry and belts.
Thread was always a problem – fine embroidery silk was too thin, so we untwined laundry ropes. I liked knotting but not all the preparations – measuring and mounting and making “butterflies” of all the ends. In a year or so I was done with my macrame. It took another almost 20 years and Internet for me to realize what treasure I had at hand.
When I first saw the works of Joan Babcock, I thought it was beading. It was a kind of a shock when I realized it was knotting. The lightning came not very long ago – in 2008. I rediscovered macrame and myself in the art. First I made simple jewelry for my relatives. Then I got acquainted with a woman who was an organizer of International exhibition which take place annually in Minsk, Belarus. Though it is a beading event she decided to exhibit my works too. It was well received.
2011 marked my first exhibition year – first in Minsk “Farby Dushi-2011″ (“Colors of the soul”), BFW-2011 in a group of participants, than in Moscow “Beading Design. Fresh wave -2011″ (first prize in my category), ” Beading Design-2012″. The next one will be in Minsk again – “Farby Dushi-2012″.
As I am a mother of two not very grown-up boys with lots of out-of-school activities, I knot mostly at night, each piece thus taking at least 3 weeks to complete. Lately got fascinated with Chinese knotting and Japanese braiding known as kumihimo. Now am working on the ways to incorporate newly acquired knowledge in my work.
I am 37 married with two sons. Now I live in Moscow with my family. I have a Master-equivalent degree in electronics. But working full-time mother