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windy chien
By Matt Dougherty
Photography by Molly DeCoudreaux and Alexandra Ribar

TYING THE KNOT
A San Francisco-based maker turns rope into art

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"I like to say I'm on my third life," says artist Windy Chien. The first
of those was spent managing Aquarius Records, an independent
record store in San Francisco she owned for 14 years, and the
second brought her to one of the most recognizable brands on
the planet, Apple, where she worked as a project manager,
producer, and curator for iTunes, and eventually as the App
Store's managing editor. Despite these successes, she knew
she "wanted to turn away from the computer screen and use
my hands," she says.
After signing up "for every class in anything I was even
slightly interested in," macramé became her passion. "Once
I found rope, I was all in," she points out. "I was fascinated
by the notion of using a line to create volume and shapes
in a space without weight." The Helix Light, a pendant
with a double-helix shape formed by a single, repeated
knot that spirals like strands of DNA, was the first rope
product released after Chien launched her studio in 2015.
By 2016, she set out to learn a new knot every day
for her The Year of Knots project. Among them, the
Double Tatted Chain knot inspired Linescapes, a series
of installation comprising a single knot made over and
over again that cover a wall in Brazilian steakhouse Fogo
de Chão in Pittsburgh, as well as in Palo Alto, California's
Protégé restaurant, where her Helix chandelier also hangs.
After a successful collaboration with Bryr Clogs on
an open-toed slide with removable knots that playfully
crown the top, Chien will debut a ceramic lamp with Mt.
Washington Pottery. She also continues to experiment
with materials, such as Ethernet cables (a subtle nod to
her tech past), that hone in on her primary focus: the
concept of the line. "I want to inspire awe," she says,
"and I want to take up space." hd

1. The Linescapes
installation from Chien's
The Year of Knots
project creates a feature
wall in Pittsburgh's Fogo
de Chão steakhouse.

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Casegoods
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