The Rope project brings together thousands of feet of discarded thread, ribbon, wire, string, cloth, plastic, and other waste items from the streets and buildings of Montreal. These found textiles are woven into a single, unified rope of undefined final length. Weaving and braiding has a profound significance in our culture. The creation of rope, of unifying discordant elements into a single, stronger whole can be compared to both the creation of an individual’s identity and a society’s creation of shared culture and traditions.
Rope seeks to unify the byproducts of dense urban population in hopes of creating a textile rope that is both visually compelling and symbolically charged. By working with exclusively discarded material, a useful, durable object is produced out of materials deemed unusable. Significance is placed on the joining of a city’s raw material, the representative detritus of a metropolitan community.