At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.

I AGREE
    

Sculptor Dana Hemenway Turns Extension Cords Into Wired Art

Lauren Murrow | August 5, 2014 | Style & Beauty Story Style

It all started with a retro bikini. Between exhibitions in 2012, sculptor Dana Hemenway bought a stack of used ’60s-era craft books on knots. “They were so funky and dated,” she remembers. “One gave step-by-step instructions on how to macramé your own bathing suit.” Though Hemenway had no use for DIY beachwear, the twisted patterns intrigued her. So when she spotted four neon-green extension cords tangled in the corner of her Bayview studio, she thought, “What if I really push the boundaries of macramé?” she says.

Hemenway strung the extension cords from a dowel and began experimenting with repetitive knots, later punctuating the patterns with softball-size wooden beads. (Unlike traditional macramé, Hemenway’s cord slinging causes calluses.) “I love the idea of taking something so utilitarian and turning it into a crafted object,” she says. “Who says fine art can’t be functional?”

The largest of Hemenway’s macramé installations measures 8 by 13 feet and incorporates over two dozen extension cords. Twenty-six working lightbulbs cascade into a glowing pool at its base. The effect—on display this month at Aldea Home—stops passersby in their tracks. “Macramé blurs the line between art and design,” Hemenway says. “It’s just this glorious mess of knots.”
$300 to $8,000 at Aldea Home, 890 Valencia St. (near 20th St.), 415-865-9807

Originally published in the August issue of San Francisco

Have feedback? Email us at letterssf@sanfranmag.com
Email Lauren Murrow at lmurrow@modernluxury.com
Follow us on Twitter @sanfranmag
Follow Lauren Murrow on Twitter @LaurenMurrow



Tags:

Photography by: