This week, at the doctor’s office, we saw a really unique plant display. They utilized macramé plant holders and hung plants against the wall.
It was so peaceful and pretty. It made the view in the office much better than most places.
It got me thinking. Macramé is something that ‘comes and goes’.
It seems popular and then it gets forgotten. It made me think that a macramé art challenge is exactly what we need.
So, this is an example of what we saw, but there were numerous plants, each displayed in a unique macrame plant holder.
This one was made by Little Knotty Farmhouse from Niagara, Ontario. She makes Bohemian/farmhouse themed macramé pieces, each more beautiful than the last.
Macramé is the technique of knitting, rather than weaving or knitting textiles. This art form has stood the test of time.
It has been utilized long ago, early in the 13th century and was practiced across all locations. Many believe the term “macramé” comes from the Arabic word migramah, or “fringe.”
Yet, others believe its origins lie in the Turkish word makrama, which translates to “napkin” or “towel,”. For a while, macramé was a lost art but got popular again in the 1970’s.
After another lapse in popularity, the millennials have, once again, revived its popularity.
Just as there are many different ideas of where the word macramé actually comes from, these artists also use many different types of cord, some of which are hemp, linen, jute, leather or even yarn.
Many times, we throw out a challenge that many people feel they can’t participate in.
Well, this week’s challenge is for everyone. There are YouTube videos and websites saying you can learn macramé in only five minutes.
That means we should be getting a lot of art submissions for the challenge.
Now, just because my mind went to plant hangers, don’t let that dissuade you from creating your own unique piece. I’ve seen some amazing jewelry, curtains, wall hangings and even rugs.
Macramé can be used to create just about anything. I especially want to see someone make a completely ridiculous, but totally hilarious, cat hammock I found on Google.
I also found people using macramé for ugly Christmas sweaters and masks and headpieces. Like I said before, nothing is off limits when it comes to creating something out of macramé.
As the late, great Anthony Bourdain said, “skills can be taught. Character, you either have or you don’t.”
So, we know all you artists are very skilled so this challenge is the perfect time to show your character. That, after all, is what sets art apart from good art, character.
Another creative artist said, “you have to to do the work. You have to make the opportunity. It doesn’t find you, you find it.”
Jared Leto was on to something when he said that.
This blog is your opportunity and we are glad you found it!