Here we are with the usual appointment with Unconventional Wedding and this month I met Chiara, aka Forgetmeknot, who creates beautiful macrame tapestries and pot holders, knotting cotton and jute ropes with passion.
Hello Chiara, thank you for being here! First of all, tell us something about you, who you are and what you do
Hi Veronica, I’m Chiara, aka Forgetmeknot, I’m 32 and I’ve been working for ten years in the fashion industry as a knitwear designer. The creativity, the necessity to stay up to date asbout the latest trends, and the passion, are definitely the most stimulating part of my job.
Where does your passion for macramé come from? … but above all, explain us what it is
I lived and worked for a few years in London and it is there that I stumbled upon some illustrations of this embroidery. I immediately liked it and I wanted to know more about it. Actually, macrame is a Ligurian word used by sailors who arrived in Genoa from the Middle East where this ancient decoration was born. It seems that it literally means “embroidered tissue“.
So, at first, I bought a couple of macrame objects, then I experimented with some courses, and after having found some manuals with the knots guide, I tried to improve myself for a long time.
How are the elements you create and which materials do you use?
There is a lot of experimentation in my works: to create something original you have to combine new decorative elements and different knots. The effect you want to obtain with the color and the type of decoration is crucial. Personally, I try to get a visual effect that leaves the mark but that is also harmonious and not too rich, as often happens in this type of work. Virtuosity can damage the final result. The materials that I use are mainly organic cotton, or natural jute or viscose ropes.
Your creations are all handmade and tailor made. Which objects have you already produced and what can you make?
I realize macrame pot holders of various sizes and different patterns, in the classic shape with a ring to hang on the ceiling. I also use natural branches and roots as a base for other pot holders and tapestries of various sizes – the maxi ones for weddings and the small one to hang at home.
Your pot holders can also become beautiful wedding favors
Exactly, and in fact they have already been requested. A mini version of macrame pot holders for small succulent plants or bulbs, a little thought that lasts over time.
What’s your advice for the couples who want an unconventional wedding?
By now, wedding is less standardized and more customized according to the mood of the couples. But floral and fabric decorations are a constant and I’m sure that they will be present with a main role in the coming years. Tapestries, runners and pot holders certainly give a crafted touch to a wedding, which is trending at the moment. Unconventional may not necessarily mean breaking with traditions, but renewing them. And that’s what I propose to do with my creations too.
You can follow Chiara and her creations through the instagram profile of Forgetmeknotmilan and you can find her pot holders at Isabella Flower Design in Monza (Milan – Italy), Opi Illi in Bergamo (Italy), and soon at Madame Gioia Home in Milan (Italy). You can also find her products in Dusseldorf – Germany (contact Chiara for more information).