TIED TOGETHER | macrame that explores nature and human connections by Julia Koerner Johnson

You can view this gallery at Tannery Pond Center until May 15.


This show is all about macrame, a traditionally kitschy craft that will be elevated to conceptually explore nature, human connections, and the world at large.

In this show, I explored macrame further than a craft. I used the rope as a connector to bring together opposing items and ideas, the knot will be a central connector and common ground. My hope is to use this show as a way of intertwining ideas and people together to find out what makes us similar.

Since the original conception of this show, we all have been socially distancing ourselves and have taken an account of our connections with the people near and far from us. During this trying time, we all have endured losses of some kind and leaned harder on our support systems. This show has now taken on a new meaning to what our connections with our loved ones mean. I invite you to think of your own support system with gratitude as you explore this show.

The word macramé is derived from the Arabic miqramah (مقرمة), “ornamental fringe” or “embroidered veil.” Thirteenth century Arabic Artisans slowly spread the craft throughout Europe, then the knot tying became a past time of sailors that kept the art form alive while spreading the practice around the world. In the ’70s macrame was a bohemian hippy craft craze and has now again resurfaced as a dominating trend thanks to Instagram. The #macrame is a humongous pool of mostly female artists from all over the world sharing their creations of clothes, earrings, wall hangings, functional objects, wedding arches, and fiber arts. I find this hashtag to be very inspirational. I love how this craft with its world history is still creatively bonding people together from all over the world.