29 December, 2015

tying the knot.

in my hair. on my head. in my headphones. on my shoes. in my balls.

knots seem to appear everywhere in my life.

***Note: Apologies, I should have clarified in the first sentence – I was alluding to my balls of WOOL.

Whether it be physically tying knots when I am weaving or witnessing my friends metaphorically ‘tying the knot’….I just can’t seem to get away from knots.

Every morning, I start the day with my luscious black locks out….blowing in the wind….all up in my face….but somehow, by 10am it seems to migrate into a  huge top knot. Every single day. Knot cool (sorry I couldn’t resist).

Oh and a special shout out to my cousin… who had to get shave half her head, after I got a comb knotted in her long hair.  I was 9 years old, she was 17…. it was a truly traumatic experience… I wouldn’t be surprised if she still hasn’t forgiven me.

Knots are an ancient symbol which have appeared in writing and legends across so a myriad of cultures. From the celtic knot to the Buddhist mandala – they are often a symbol that signifies completion, binding and vows.

Upon contemplating the role of knots in our society, I even realised that upon entering the world one of the first things we do is tie the knot of the ‘umbilical cord’. Even this knot, symbolically celebrates the completion of birth.

Fisherman. Cavers, Scouts. Stagehands. Surgeons. All depends on knots for their livelihood.

Sometimes we use knots to tie disparate items together…making a stronger whole – I guess I have never really thought about it until now, but this is perhaps this is why they refer to marriage as ‘tying the knot’. Two individuals are metaphorically ‘ties together’ to make an awesome, strong team.

The knot also plays a very significant role in a Hindu ceremony; a mangala sutra (meaning auspicious thread) is a necklace that a Hindu groom ties around the bride’s neck in a ceremony called Mangalya Dharanam (sanskrit for “adorning the pious thread”). This is the main ritual of Hindu marriage ceremony. The woman continues to wear the mangala sutra as a sign of her marital status and it is knotted three times to symbolise three different aspects of a married woman – the first knot represents her obedience to her husband, the second to his parents and the third represents her respect for God.

Untying knots is not only a source of frustration, but I have learnt over the years you need a lot of patience when dealing with knots. Necklaces. Hair. Headphones. You have to approach the knots with care and patience. The more frustrated you get…the more likely you will break something in the process.

Ok, enough talking about knots, here are some ways knots ave been applied to the world of design…


macrame….the art of knots. this image is a mix of all my favourites….textile, tribal and green goodness!

(image via bee of design)


knot design

(image via i am the lab)

knot rug

such a gorgeous knotted rug!

(image via design therapy)

design chair

looks like a pretzel!!! knot chair created by anna marlena

(image via themortiz)


(image via pinterest)

knot design

two knots balls created by Sascha Fefelova…

(image via archidesign)



a very knotty sculpture – reminds me of the climbing ropes at high school! (artists: Dana Barnes)

(image via Dana Barnes)


(image via kisibi)

furniture design

don’t know how you would ‘pass the salt’ on this table!!

(image via laughing squid)

ok…now I feel like a pretzel….take me back to NYC…



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