JoAnna Commandaros
Twist Tie Multiply: Hands in Action
Three Rivers Arts Festival
2008
Steel, Silk, Crochet, Mixed Media
“Twist, Tie, Multiply: Hands in Action,” was a fiber based interactive community installation and collaborative effort that evolved from the concept of a cabinet of curiosities, which housed investigation into the realm of body and nature. The “Contained” exhibit was an installation inside shipping containers at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which continued to travel to other community venues to collaborate with the public, educating them about fiber while learning from their personal experiences.

Shibori, an ancient Japanese method of folding, tying, twisting, and knotting is employed to manipulate the fabric surface through the use of beans, pebbles, and marbles. Once the fabric is dyed and dried, the objects are removed, leaving their shapes imprinted in the material’s surface. This technique is very accessible to children and adults alike, encouraging each viewer to partake in its evolution. While learning about fiber, the public also becomes an essential element of the installation. “Twist, Tie, Multiply: Hands in Action” serves as a platform for learning, sharing, and art making.
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