The art of knotting fibre ropes has been passed down over hundreds of years from all around the world. In the modern-day, this art is known as Macramé, which was made popular back in the 70s with hand-knotted tapestries, wall decor, and plant hangers. Recently, there’s a surge of Macramé art resurfaced and revived with a modern take by many artists around the world including Malaysia’s very own Macramé artist and owner of Nurtureknots Studio, Charmaine Kamal, and Creative Director of Rothkofella Studio, Hafizah Borhan.
These two visionary artists both shared the same passion and vision when it comes to contributing their part in colouring the art scenes in Malaysia. Together, they’ve created Mad Weave KL, a dedicated brand in creating more arts for the public to enjoy and experience.
Their first collaboration under Mad Weave KL has given birth to The Brain Project, an interactive giant Macramé/Fibre Art installation inspired by the neurons in our brain and the concept of connectivity surrounding us.
“Human being has been too engulfed in the world of social media nowadays till it sometimes ripped us away from the true essence of life and the way we connect with it and its surrounding elements. We want to create functional arts that spark interest, curiosity, creativity and at the same time the ability to showcase and highlight the art itself in different and unconventional ways” says Charmaine.
More than 500 hours spent building this 20ft (W) x 20ft (L) x 10ft (H) artwork using a combination of steel, steel wires, highly durable braided nylon and rubber ropes, all of which were manufactured locally and assembled by a group of passionate and dedicated Malaysians. The hanging tunnels that expanded to 77ft were 100% hand-knotted and weaved by a group of women using more than 6000 metres of ropes are the artists’ adaptation and representation of the human brain and neurons.
The message that they want to achieve with the art is very much like the concept of our brains and neurons that work to send signals and information throughout our body as well as giving the human the ability to communicate and connect with one another in a way that is very different than other living beings. “I want the public to explore and be immersed in this intricate tunnel of fiber rope mesh and let their imagination runs wild. They can be creative with our art, expand their imagination and hopefully it will evoke some sense of awakening and make them appreciate the moment and their surroundings,” continues Charmaine.
This project is brought to life through the CENDANA Art In The City Public Art Commissioning Programme 2020 by the Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA) as the strategic partner, with the support of MyCreative Ventures, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and GMBB.
“We are working closely with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and several other collaborators in creating mini campaigns around our art while at the same time helping to promote local tourism specifically in highlighting the iconic landmarks of Kuala Lumpur,” says Hafizah.
“We purposely selected Kuala Lumpur River of Life as the location for our installation venue not only because we want a great space to showcase our art but we also want to help create awareness and spark interest in public on this iconic part of Kuala Lumpur that is surrounded by many other iconic landmarks and historical buildings,” continues Hafizah.
The Brain Project is ready for the public to view and experience starting 1st May 2021 until 31 August 2021. For more updates please visit Mad Weave KL social media page.