MACRAME MAVEN : SALLY ENGLAND

Sally England - Ace Hotel             Photo: remodelista.com

Sally England - Ace Hotel             Photo: remodelista.com

Sally England - Ace Hotel             Photo: remodelista.com

Sally England - Ace Hotel             Photo: remodelista.com

Sally England - Ace Hotel             Photo: remodelista.com

Sally England - Ace Hotel             Photo: remodelista.com

Photo: Sally England

Photo: Sally England

A few years ago (are we nearing the decade mark?) knitting was the new "it" pastime, with yarn shops, knitting circles, and tons of books popping up faster than you can say perl. It doesn't take much looking to see the influence of the 70's on contemporary art and craft in today's marketplace. One of my favorite resurgences is macrame...the knot-creating, fiber-twisting, pot-holding pasttime of our mother's (or grandmother's) era. 

I love the look of 70's...and especially the modern remake of this era-- it's a cool blend of earthiness and modernity. Macrame can be the most beautiful amalgamation of these sensibilities when done by a master-- enter Sally England. I'll let you pop over to England's site for a great synopsis of her background in the arts and geographical influences on her work (they are very present). A fiber artist who was commissioned by the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon, England is doing something right-- her works are earthy and modern, chic and elegant, they can be narrative and are always exquisitely textural. While I can get behind bold pops of color any day, I adore the judicious use of color in her pieces and, of course, the sheer scale. Mixed with more formal decor, they add just the right amount of human depth...a warmth of the handmade to be handed down through the generations.