Carpet Pages III: Pixels NOW LIVE ONLINE! Come on in!
I curated two physical Carpet Pages shows in 2019 and 2018 BC (Before Covid). It’s 2020 and Corona can’t stop the Carpet Pages cycle going ahead. I said to myself, if I can’t do it in real life, then I will do it online… so I did… and 10,000 hours later… here it is… https://www.carpetpages.com
Carpet Pages III: Pixels is an online show in a 3D gallery I designed for this, and there is a game, read on…
THE GAME OF THE 2 QUILLS
2 Prizes there are to be won One spiky and one soft So let’s have a little fun In the desert, but don’t get lost One is a known unknown And is already history One is waiting to be shown And is a total mystery
If you can figure out this riddle Step inside the door There’s a carpet in the middle That covers the whole floor What is its famous name? It’s well-known, but here a pale ghost A feather brush that’s like a flame Will be flown to you by post*
A needle in the haystack, hidden in the sands The 5th brush stands and waits It’s long and thin and pointy and Sharp and tall and straight Beside it is the original quill It may not be what you expect A soft swan feather it is not; still It’s black and white bedecked**
*The prize is a Fire brush, the 4th brush in the series. You don’t need to find anything, as the answer is hiding in plain sight. Just email me the answer **The prize is a mystery… there is a 5th brush…. this treasure is really hidden, and you need to find it. Take a screenshot of its location and email it to me
A. You can enter for both prizes. 2 winners will be picked at random B. One prize (for the answer to the name of the carpet) is a Fire brush, one prize (for the screenshot) is the 5th brush which is a new brush C. Email your answer and/or screenshot to firstname.lastname@example.org D.. The 2 winners will be announced at the end of the show E. Brushes will be posted to you after this date
Carpet Pages III: Pixels 26 Oct – 25 Nov 2020 Opening 1 – 29.10.20, 6-9pm GMT Free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/12571666…/preview_publish Show: https://www.carpetpages.com My knots: I initially thought that the material I’m using, nylon cord rattail, was pronounced ‘rattye’, the ‘tye’ rhyming with ‘tyre’, as if it were a French word, ‘c’est le rattail, non?’. It’s not! It’s actually pronounced as rat-tail, the tail of a rat, as in English – and the only reason I twigged this at last was during the process of actual knotting and touching the cord lots… hmmm…it really feels smooth and ever so slightly glistening ‘wet’, almost like a mouse or rat’s tail….ohhhhhh! Da-da!
Knot notes I Ching trigrams (Yi Jing) commentary by Zhou Yi – oldest Chinese classical text – “in prehistoric times, events were recorded by tying knots; in later ages, books were used for this.” Han scholar Zhen Suen (2nd century CE) said in his book Yi Zu: “Big events were recorded with complicated knots, and small events, simple knots”. In Peru also: Qui Pu system of knots where 10 = single knot, 20 = double knot and 100 = multiple knots Prehistoric knots. Around 100CE the Shuowen Jiezi defines ‘knot’ as the joining of two cords. Chinese knotting almost died out forever but was luckily rescued in the 70s by a handful of people; now it’s a flourishing craft again
Knots all knotted up like a knot nest ready for framing for Carpet Pages III: Pixels
26 Oct – 25 Nov 2020
Double Coin knot = Western Han Period (206 BCE-CE) Flat knot; Button knot = Han Dynasty (206 BCE-CE 220) Good luck knot or Tassel knot = Northern Zhou Period (CE 557-588) Buddha knot or Virtue knot = Sui Dynasty (581-618) Cross knot; Double Connection knot; Round Brocade knot = Tang Dynasty (618-906) Cloverleaf or Flower knot = Song Dynasty (960-1279) Pan Chang knot = Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Plafond (ceiling) knot = Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) And some modern knots
There are likely more; these are the main ‘famous’ ones included in this piece.
Love to know the other names of these knots from different cultures – please share if you know the names? Or if you know any sailors? Or if you are a sailor? 😉