is the message"
A phrase used by Marshall McLuhan
He was saying that the medium influences how the message is
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
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.
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
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
Variable speed. At times used to spin twine or unwind
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
Oak or maple dowels upon which some of the 'art' work is
created and then hung. Maybe 'out to dry!
MULTI- COLOR ACRYLIC YARN:
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.
WOODEN DOWEL END PIECES:
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.