In 2018 Ief Spincemaille created the artwork ‘Rope’: a rope of 60 meters in length and 30 cm in diameter. Rope has been made disproportionately large and has therefore lost its function. Spincemaille travels around the world with Rope to give it new meaning. Besides creating a great artwork, Spincemaille reinvented seating without realizing it. Ropes of 12 and 6 meters are currently being used by cities, companies and private customers, to create temporary social spaces, to play and to knot shapes and encounters. And with a mobile braiding workshop, Rope can be braided in-situ with or without the help of the local community or customer. Rope, just as many of the Ateliers other works, is a social sculpture: a medium which brings imagination and people together. Do something with Rope!
More work by Atelier Ief Spincemaille: www.iefspincemaille.com
Woven by hand in our workshop
For this purpose, a special braiding installation was developed in collaboration with engineering firm Comate Engineering & Design (Leuven, BE). The development of the webbing for the Ropes is done together with the Belgian weaving mill Rubis (Izegem, BE) and Neckebroek Passementerie (Erpe-Mere, BE).
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Braided by the community
The braiding installation that we created to braid Ropes can be deployed on location to create a Rope together with residents and visitors. Together with our team, the community is invited to braid ‘Rope’, learn about the ancient Asian braiding techniques which form the basis of the design, the materials used, and the actual making process.