Saturday, 15 February 2014


Every cloud has a silver lining, so the saying goes. Today certainly didn't turn out to plan, but I have to concede it wasn't all bad. Despite a disastrous journey I managed to get home safely and decided to calm my frayed nerves this afternoon by playing with cloth and colour. Experiments with madder below.

Later this evening I was watching a documentary on BBC4 called 'Lost Kingdoms of South America' and came across the term 'quipu' or 'khipu', a beautiful system of recording information using knotted, dyed threads. I immediately felt a connection with these delicate networks of fibre, they appeared to me to be like maps or genealogical charts. This was a timely discovery for me, having recently submitted a proposal for an installation based on threads as linear maps...

... Connections through time and space.


  1. Tim Ingold writes about khipu in his book 'Lines: A Brief History' (I think in the chapter 'Traces, threads and surfaces'). If you haven't read it I think you'll find it fascinating. I'm planning a second reread soon ... something about that book delights me :)

    1. Hi Annie, Yes I have been meaning to read that for ages, thanks for the reminder.

  2. How very interesting and beautiful too!



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