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 "The medium is the message"
A phrase used by Marshall McLuhan
He was saying that the medium influences how the message is perceived.
This 'artist' agrees with McLuhan's take on it, and continues to work with the medium to create the message.

It all started in a boys and girls camp setting. A dear friend of the 'artists', (now deceased!) spun twine on his knee, folded it back upon itself, and created bracelets for the campers to wear. It was all the rage. He taught this 'artist' how to do it and, the 'hook' was sunk. The germination of that seed took 30 some odd years to sprout. Finally, the "artist" pursued the concept. And so here we are, spinning, twisting & untwisting, dyeing, thinking and changing, painting & gluing and hanging the medium to get to the message. What a joy! Thanks 'dear friend'!

Who knows where it comes from. But inspiration SEEMS to be in all of us, (to one degree or another). If we just concentrate on its formation, find a medium, and then, let it happen. For this 'artist', it starts as a possible statement that can be made out of twine; the process is then started, and proceeds with changes always occurring as the original concept ebbs and flows. Pieces never come out as the 'artist' originally imagined. Sometimes even the statement changes. Who knows where it ends up. It can be exciting and frustrating at the same time. But isn't that the process of art and the artists role?

First comes the basic idea or concept. Then the 'artist' takes the twine and begins to create the PALLET based on the original concept. The twine is then cut, tied, spun or unraveled, dyed or not, cut again or not, hung or laid out in the chosen format. All this based on the original concept. During this process change is READILY anticipated, not fought against. In its acceptance, change is reveled in as part of the artistic process.

You have to create the pallet upon which you are going to 'paint'. The materials involved are fairly plain and simple (sort of like the so called, 'artist'). It's the concept or idea, involved work to reach that statement, and the resultant changes that occur, that proves to be difficult.

Wellington Premium Multi-purpose Twine. Cabled cotton. 3 lb. Load limit. Purchased by the ball. 280 ft. (85.4m) per ball. Each piece of twine is made up of 27 smaller threads of spun cotton.
The Twine is spun in China. Who knows under what conditions and what chemicals are used in the process. Don't ask, don't tell. It's a global economy. The 'artist' has always wanted to visit the plant, but that ain't gonna happen.

So far the 'artist' has used 250 balls of twine or roughly, 13 1/4 miles of the stuff. 7.7 times across the Golden Gate Bridge or 194 times around a baseball diamonds base paths. And counting! But then, who's counting.

Twine Art Supplies

Natural dyes are used when available. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, coffee, tea, various flower petals (rose, lavender, etc.), plant leaves, and various barks, have all been used. You name it, we try it out as a dye.

Commercially produced dyes such as Rit & Scribbles are also used.

The " art work" has NOT been made color fast. So if they get wet they may run. An interesting effect. But, the dye will come off onto your clothes and hands. So, although you'd like to 'lick your fingers' over the delectability of the art, don't.

Variable speed. At times used to spin twine or unwind it.

Sharp ones.

Elmer's Washable School Glue. Safe and non- toxic. I sort of remember hearing that you could eat it. Maybe an 'old wives tale". But it does the job and is readily available.

Oak or maple dowels upon which some of the 'art' work is created and then hung. Maybe 'out to dry!

Used in various pieces to add color and pizazz.

They come in handy in so many different ways as they hold and separate the twin, whilst it is being worked upon.

All dowel end pieces are created in 'Santa's Workshop' by the 'artists' trusted and loyal Assistant and Fiscal Advisor. No two are exactly alike, and are chosen to cap the dowels based on their 'artistic' fit onto the total piece. The 'end pieces' are in themselves art.



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