instructions in tying a knot.
analysis of process, presentation in steps
instructional aspect becomes constraint/limit, but form may (even should exaggerate).
knot details can be vestigial)
be able to tie three different knots, selected from The Camper's Knot Tying pack of cards.
Select one (or even combine from more?) of those, and —
- reduce the sequence to steps. How many steps? What are the key moves, where does one move end and the next begin?
- represent those steps with cut paper, black and white (and/or gray, and/or color).
- no words, no numbers (but name of knot, and sequence numbers, on back). No arrows.
- ground is old newspaper (= noise, that forms must stand out from)
newspaper ground allows white, or different values/hues of shapes, to be articulated in terms of over and under.
- 9 x 9 inches, minimum three squares (but as many as is required, e.g., to use as
propfor explaining a knot (even if impractical)
scale, exaggeration; thicks and thins. knots as if balloon figures
edge can indicate directionality (in sense of
coming from, or exiting out of)
we are using knots as constraint/limit; forms are not solely to be understood as abstract compositions alone, but to derive albeit tenuously from technical explanation.
another way of thinking about this exercise —
imagine you are to create a set of diagrams, that show how to tie a knot (one of those you have mastered). how many diagrams would you need? three? five? six? (it will depend on complexity of the knot)
one shows string looped around another.
next one shows string led back up and inserted under a string,
then pulled down / across / under etc., etc.
ok, now imagine those drawings. exaggerate them.
this exercise is less about strings on page, than shapes (as if you zoom in to details).
I don't expect to learn (or easily to learn) how to tie the knot from your compositions.
those steps are only the prompt for your compositions.
We break — analyze — continuous activity down into steps. Each diagrammatic step depends for its meaning on its predecessor(s), and looks ahead to its successor. What do we leave out?
analysis < analusis (Greek), a releasing, from analuein, to undo : ana-, back + luein, to loosen
analytic : dividing into elemental parts or basic principles.
diagram < diagraphein (Greek), to mark out : dia-, apart + graphein, write
- The Camper's Knot Tying / 50 Need-to-Know Knots for Scouts, Campers, Hikers. Marco Products, 1986.
- Mario Bigon and Guido Regazzoni. The Morrow Guide to Knots for sailing, fishing, camping, climbing. New York: Quill/William Morrow, 1982
The aim of this handbook is basically instructive, so we have concentrated on two specific aspects: illustrations and terminology. We consider illustrations to be the simplest and most immediate way of explaining how a knot is tied, so we have filmed every step and arranged the photographs in a logical sequence, showing each stage from the viewpoint of the person tying the knot
- Geoffrey Budworth. The Knot Book. New York: Sterling Publishing Company, 1985
Black and white drawings (bold and thin stroke, and outline stroke). Thin stroke used either (1) to represent cord as it will be manipulated in a
nextstep, (or) to indicate hand motion that will be required to draw the lead end of the cord in next step.
How to tie a knot from a drawing,pp 28-29
- Geoffrey Budworth. A Handbook of Knots and Knot Tying : Over 200 techniques with step-by-step photographs. London: Southwater, (1999), 2006
Beautiful production, in the style of a luxury travel book.
- Philippe Petit. why knot? / How to tie more than sixty ingenious, useful, beautiful, lifesaving, and secure knots? New York: Abrams Image, 2013
- Edward Tufte. Visual Explanations : Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Cheshire (Connecticut): Graphics Press, 1997 (reprinted, with revisions, January 2002)
in particular, Chapter 5,
Parallelism: Repetition and Change, Comparison and Surprise
- visual instructions for tying a bow line, in A. Hyatt Verrell (1871-1954), Knots, splices and rope work / a practical treatise giving complete and simple directions for making all the most useful and ornamental knots in common use (1912)
examples of knot variations (more to follow)
Terry Barns, Knot Tyer
There isn’t really a word for it in English, admitted Terry Barns,
in French, they call it
Spitalfields Life (20 March 2016)
knot translations, set 1
knot translations, set 2