One of the biggest craft fads during the craft-crazy 1970s was string art, which is also called pin-and-thread art.
In string art, the artist strings different colours of thread between points laid out in a geometric pattern by small nails or pins placed on a flat, semi-hard surface like wood. Even though the strings are always laid out in straight lines between any two pins, laying many pins and strings out at different angles allows the artist to give the image the appearance of having curves. It’s a painstaking process, but one that can create intricately beautiful and interesting images.
Like many fads that fade away only to make a comeback, string art is hot again. The 3 Girls & A Kiln shop, which specialises in locally made art, is selling string art created by ArtsySilk’s artist Plamka Evtimov. The art pieces depict the shape of Grand Cayman, making them not only “made in Cayman” but also “made in the shape of Cayman.”
According to 3 Girls & A Kiln’s Aimee Randolph, these retro-chic art pieces are selling like proverbial hotcakes. “We can’t keep them in stock,” she says. “I’m ordering more every week.”
If string art is popular again, it’s probably time to go out and buy some bell bottom trousers, platform shoes and a mood ring, and then see if you can find “Smokey and the Bandit” at one of the Classics at the Cinema showings.