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Gallery Exhibit | Tied Together; Macrame

Tied Together
When: Today until Friday, May 14, 2021 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Gallery Exhibit | “Tied Together” by Julia Koerner Johnson

Macramé that explores nature and human connections.

Meet the Artist: Sat, May 8 | 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM
Reservations required. COVID-19 precautions in place.

Artist Statement

This show is all about macramé, a traditionally kitschy craft that will be elevated to conceptually explore nature, human connections, and the world at large.

In this show, I explored macramé further than a craft. I used the rope as a connector to bring together opposing items and ideas, the knot will be a central connector and common ground. My hope is to use this show as a way of intertwining ideas and people together to find out what makes us similar.

Since the original conception of this show, we all have been socially distancing ourselves and have taken an account of our connections with the people near and far from us. During this trying time, we all have endured losses of some kind and leaned harder on our support systems. This show has now taken on a new meaning to what our connections with our loved ones mean. I invite you to think of your own support system with gratitude as you explore this show.

The word macramé is derived from the Arabic miqramah (مقرمة), “ornamental fringe” or “embroidered veil.” Thirteenth century Arabic Artisans slowly spread the craft throughout Europe, then the knot tying became a pastime of sailors that kept the art form alive while spreading the practice around the world. In the ’70s macramé was a bohemian hippy craft craze and has now again resurfaced as a dominating trend thanks to Instagram. The #macrame is a humongous pool of mostly female artists from all over the world sharing their creations of clothes, earrings, wall hangings, functional objects, wedding arches, and fiber arts. I find this hashtag to be very inspirational. I love how this craft with its world history is still creatively bonding people together from all over the world.

Making Work With Her Hands & Computers in the North Country

Julia K. Johnson was raised in Ballston Spa on a small farm. Julia graduated from the Hoosac School (2007) and then the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore MD (2012) with a BFA in fine art. Julia then worked at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY until 2015. Julia currently works for Gore Mountain Ski Resort in North Creek, as the Design and Communications Specialist and loves calling the beautiful Adirondacks her home.

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