Artist Creates Elaborate Sculptures from Knots

Chinese-American artist, Windy Chien, is best known for her 2016 work, The Year of Knots, in which she learned how to tie a new knot every day for a year.

Thousands of knots later, Chien proves that there’s no end to her artistic exploration. Her sculptures range from tiny knots that can fit the palm of your hand to huge installations that are sought after by private collectors.

“I find endless inspiration in seeing knots in use in daily life,” she told HonestlyWTF blog. “I recently sailed the Amalfi Coast, and seeing knots used on board the boat was so refreshing to me, since my art regards functional knots for their aesthetic qualities. When I see, for example, the Halyard Hitch actually hauling sail up a mast, that’s inspiring… I’m also inspired by the concept of the journey and story. I’ve always been that way.”

“Due to my ethnicity, love of fringe culture such as punk rock, and uncommonly audacious attitude towards life, I’ve always felt like an outsider,” she writes on her website. “In the context of knots, I work at the intersection of function, design, history, and aesthetics to illuminate what I find fascinating about knots: the journey of the line.”

Take a look.