by Marlene M. Fitzwater

Thomas Sutton, a talented young artist, has created six beautiful handmade macrame pieces that will enhance each of the Joshua’s House manufactured homes.

Macrame is enjoying a resurgence as trends shift toward unconventional and eclectic decor, and innovative artisans and crafters. Thomas continues to turn a fresh eye towards this knotted and woven art to make its muted palette and heavily textured patterns look better than ever in today’s home.

Traditionally associated with the 1960s and 1970s bohemian movement, macramé is a textile art form of knotting and hitching that is thought to have originated in the 13th century, possibly beginning with Arab weavers, says Ancient Earth Designs. This craft has resurfaced, ebbing and flowing in popularity over centuries. It became wildly popular in Victorian times and has again made a fashionable comeback in the 2020s.

“I started doing macrame in 2021. I’ve always been drawn to the bohemian aesthetic. As it often inspired by nature, which is where I enjoy spending my free time. I love the freedom of expression when it comes to the Bohemian aesthetic. Being able to be maximalist, minimalist, or modern. While mixing, matching, and layering,” Tom shared.

He added, “At first, I started doing macrame as a way to release my creativity. There are endless color palettes, textures, and patterns that can be used In the process to create some really beautiful pieces. I also found the process to be meditative. The repetition of knotting and hitching helps quite the noises that life may have.”

Overtime Tom accumulated a lot of macrame pieces. He decided that he would like to sell them so they could be displayed in homes. With the idea that these beautiful pieces could be a finishing touch in a space that someone has already created. He started an Instagram under Tarxan Creation to document his art pieces and he has also sold some of his pieces at MAD Salon and Spa in Natomas.

“I hope that the pieces that I made will bring comfort to those that will be living at Joshua’s House — having a piece of unique art to fill their space,” he said.