“When I received the invitation from Libby and Jo Anne to participate in “Domestic Disturbances”, it took some time for me to decide what to make. It seemed as if everything had been disturbed. As I had already been contemplating what I might be making as I entered my 70’s (!) and reviewing what I has made in the past (many things), I settled on the idea of making a rope. Partly, this was a literal interpretation of the exclamation: “I’m at the end of my rope!” In addition, I was thinking of a rope as a metaphor for my life. The many strands of a rope represent the various experiences of my life.
I settled on creating a braided rope composed from 8 smaller braids. Each small braid was made from 4 strands of machine knit tubes and handmade cords. The BLACK AND WHITE braid refers to text, books, musical scores, intelligence and reason. The PASTEL braid refers to innocence and childhood. The braid of DEEP DARK colors refers to experience and maturity. The red braid is about PASSION and ENTHUSIASM. The blue/green braid is about MEDITATION and CONTEMPLATION. My DESERT ENVIRONMENT is expressed in a braid of gray-greens and browns. CELEBRATIONS are expressed with a palette of fiesta like colors. My creative life is represented with a braid of BRIGHT COLORS, a strand of BEADS and a group of eccentric cords and strings.
One end shows the start of the individual braids. The other end shows clearly the components of the braids. The ROPE isn’t finished because obviously my LIFE isn’t finished. Even though the individual braids are quite different, they mesh and blend together well into a single entity through the braiding process.“
Various machine knit, corded and braided threads and fabrics.
Approximately 36 feet x 3 inches