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The Knotted Project:

Tying the Common and the Profound


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A large community-based installation constructed of knotted, recycled domestic textiles. The project’s objective is to create and foster community through simple action and everyday materials while educating about the impact of textile waste on our environment.

Through this accessible, communal experience we will dig into the shared connection of humans through common objects and simple activities. What can appear simplistic has depths to be explored. Almost all humans were born on sheets, were conceived on, and will die on sheets. Knots hold sutures together to save lives. The act of learning to tie our shoes is a major developmental marker. Yet, we rarely consider the significance in our lives of these everyday objects and actions and the inherent connection created.

The project will involve the collection of discarded textiles, primarily bed sheets but also incorporating other common domestic materials like tablecloths and curtains. These will be altered in various ways utilizing local plant materials and found objects.


Then the simple act of tying knots in the fabric will be shared in casual, personal, and ritualistic community experiences. Creating a space for conversation, connection, and education while creating a tangible avenue for removing textiles from the waste stream.  In the process, I will be collecting stories and words regarding the practical and symbolic use of knots and tying to be incorporated into the finished exhibition. My intention for the completed project is for its impact to continue through multiple exhibitions, talks, and discussions.



Donate used sheets or other domestic linens

For the scale of this project, a large number of textiles are going to be required. With that collection and use, a substantial amount of textiles will also be diverted from the landfill.


Join me in tying knots

At one of my community events or on your own. While tying knots: you can meditate, count your blessings, count your sorrows, pass the time, tie your burdens, count your age, teach a young one to tie a knot, just enjoy the simple activity, or whatever fits your needs


Share your thoughts and stories

All though, the act of tying and creating knots appears to be a simple mundane concept. Almost everyone has a story that involves knots or feelings and thoughts in response. Please share. Part of the project is collecting these words and stories.  These will be incorporated into the final exhibition.

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This project is going to need a lot of hands. 



The Knotted Project is completely self-funded. My hope is to share it with as many people as possible both in the construction and the exhibition. None of that is without cost. 

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Share your words, stories, thoughts, or contemplations that you have in association with the concept of knots. 

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Double knot     Slip Knot     Happy memories of boating     bowline     knotted ladders    Bridges made of knots     women’s hair     combing knots from a child’s hair    grief    tied together forever    equality    relationships

Half hitch    macramé    to measure     Tie the knot    tatting     rug making     basket making    Plume line     French knots     felting wool     when does a knot become a mat?     Birth    Twisted     marriage     embroidery     grandma     braids     noose     square knot     hanging    Granny knot     obi     bound     knotting as Xanax     tied to perfection     tied to a person    Invisible knots     psychological knots     knife knots    lasso     symbolism    burls     tree knots    Tied umbilical cord     fishing nets     tie off an artery    stitches in skin     animal snares    Slavery     knarly     birds nest     cutting ties     curly willow     tree climbers    fly fishing knots    At loose ends    mtn climbing knots     cut loose    Let it go…    Quipu    Quipucamayos    secure    restraint    wrapped    The only wrong or bad knot is one that can’t be untied in a hurry    fray    I once found a knot of snakes in a closet.  It was winter, I think they were trying to stay warm    Witches were said to knot the wind    Not needed, but maybe wanted    She had a knot in her throat every time she thought of her    a stuck place    Tied to land that sings in my heart    Record keeping    Knot record  chaos    Things that knot themselves    loosening the knot    secure    Knots as a measurement of speed    Nautical    A knot measures the water speed    I seem to find myself in some knotty situations and feel tied up frequently    It takes attention and patience to undo myself    ties that bind    handfasting    monkey's paw   





















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