Intrigued I went home to Wikipedia and discovered that string art has its origins in the curve stitch work of Mary Everest Boole (1832-1916). At the end of the 19th century she introduced string art to children as a means of making mathematical ideas more accessible. At the same time I came accross the work of Jane Blease a Manchester designer who uses wood and string to great effect in her lampshades, pictures and jewellery.
|Hand crafted brooches, Jane Blease Design 2011|
|Stretch Chairs, by Jessica Carnevale 2010|
Once you start looking string art is everywhere, from contemporary furniture to architecture and even installations created for dance parties, where neon string glows fluorescent in the dark, spectacular.