The Year of Knots

The Year of Knots

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Instructions and projects that celebrate the diverse beauty and creative possibilities of macrame and knots

Every day for a year, artist Windy Chien learned to tie a new kind of
knot and then shared the results on Instagram-revolutionizing knot art
and reinventing her life and career in the process. In The Year of Knots,
Chien describes how her knot-making project led her on a path of
discovery. The book combines projects, tutorials, and transformative
personal stories, all aimed at inspiring readers to make knotting-and
creativity in general-part of a meditative daily practice. The knots in
the book are gorgeously documented step-by-step for the many knot- and
macrame -obsessed readers out there wanting to try it themselves.
Knotted projects abound: a necklace, a key chain, a dog leash, along
with wall hangings and a hanging light. At the heart of the story is the
simple, empowering idea that a single year is all the time you need to
make a life-changing creative leap.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 216 x 241 x 22.86mm | 1,020.58g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419732803
  • 9781419732805
  • 30,298

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"Windy is making waves, redefining our understanding of the capabilities of macrame, bringing an art form that was previously limited to wall hangings into the three-dimensional world. ... As such, it comes as no surprise that her work's motto is 'elevating the everyday.' It's all about being immersed in inspiration."--Jen Woo "Dwell " "One could argue that Windy's circuitous path is visibly present in her art, as though her life's journey is translated into the fibers of her installations--wandering, meandering, and resisting stasis with every curve. Perhaps that is one of the things that is most compelling about her art, the way it almost beckons to us, giving us permission to iterate, explore, and reshape our very existence again and again, just as Windy so bravely continues to do."--Chelsea Sonksen "Editor in Chief, Bossladies Magazine " "Knots symbolize many things, from tension, to energy, to love. The Year of Knots explores all of those things, as Windy Chien brings her gift for storytelling, her passion for her craft, and her straightforward teaching style to this gorgeous knot-making guide."--Lisa Congdon "artist and author "
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About Windy Chien

Windy Chien's work has been featured in Wired, the New York Times, Martha Stewart, luxe, and the San Francisco Chronicle. It is displayed at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She lives in San Francisco.
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