Natural Threads

2016 / the heritage museum and gardens / sandwich, ma

We Weave Our Own Web is a tree weaving installation installed in May 2016 at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, MA, on Cape Cod.

Everything in our Universe is interconnected. As a community, your staff, members and visitors are connected to the space they occupy within the buildings and gardens. By weaving a grove of trees in your outdoor space, I will be exploring this interconnectedness.

There are many folktales of Interconnectedness; the red string of fate is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. In Japanese culture it is thought to be tied around the little finger. For Jews, the wearing of a red string on the left wrist tied with seven knots- thought to be cut from a longer length that has been wound around Rachel's Tomb - is an ancient concept of protection to guard the wearer from danger.

The theory of interconnectedness focuses on the idea that we are all apart of the wholeness of the universe; as we are one, we are one with the trees, the earth, the sky. By wrapping the trees in the selected area with yarn, we can explore the idea of connectedness with your visitors.