Knotting connects us to the past and grounds us in the present, using hand and mind in skillful play like an active meditation. The limitless possibilities of a single cord, connecting and intertwining, was thought by our ancestors to explain the workings of the cosmos and activate the powers of the subconscious. From the manifestation powers of Chinese knots to the metaphysical principles in Celtic designs, craftsmen and women from around the world communicated systems of belief through knots. By expressing our dreams through a system of symbols, knots also propel us into the future.
While also functional, knots can display powerful symbols and add eye-catching ornamentation to empty space. The goal of this 3 hour course is to
1) introduce the fundamental concepts of knotting and knot symbolism
2) set intention and learn how to create a knotting practice
3) learn to read knotting diagrams
4) introduce a variety of knotting techniques and brainstorm ideas for projects
5) learn how to create tassels
6) create a small collection of knots for display.
Included in this course is cotton rope, Knot: A Book (an instructional guide) to inspire future creations, yarn for tassels in several colors for you to add to your piece.
Skill Level everyone welcome
Instructor LiseSilva Gomes is an artist based in Oakland, CA. She explores the power of symbols through her work with SacredKnots creating fiber jewelry and wallhangings with handmade cord entwined in knot designs that serve as a metaphor for life experiences, dreams, and deep desires. Her collaborative jewelry designs with metal worker and Spirit Speak tarot creator Mary Elizabeth Evans, called In The House of Lovers, is a ceremonial collection of Artwear where they experiment with innovative design and mythic iconography. As an extension of Lise's exploration in symbology, meditation and visualization are a tool in her creative process. She leads guided meditations as a tool for manifestation, lucid dreaming, mental/emotional balance, creativity and relaxation.
Dates & Times Saturday, February 17, 2018, 12pm-3pm