knots translations/derivations

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 —

  1. reduce the sequence to steps. How many steps? What are the key moves, where does one move end and the next begin?
  2. represent those steps with cut paper, black and white (and/or gray, and/or color).
  3. no words, no numbers (but name of knot, and sequence numbers, on back). No arrows.
  4. 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.

  5. 9 x 9 inches, minimum three squares (but as many as is required, e.g., to use as prop for 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


examples of knot variations (more to follow)

Amy Chan
knot translations

Terry Barns, Knot Tyer
There isn’t really a word for it in English, admitted Terry Barns, in French, they call it matelotage meaning sailors knot-making.
Spitalfields Life (20 March 2016)

Cassandra VanSaun
knot translations, set 1
Cassandra VanSaun
knot translations, set 2