How Prescious Anne Tablante is gaining attention through her works
Long before the Bohemian style and esthetic became a hit in the ‘70s, macramé art or the craft of knotting textile produce to make different output such as garments and purses has been existing in the ancient times. The first recorded macramé art is seen in the carvings of the Babylonians and Assyrians, showing fringed braiding used to adorn garments. And today, this art form is regaining its popularity, catching the attention not just of art lovers but also of young people whose looking for artistic output.
Manila Bulletin Lifestyle talked with 35-year-old Filipino micromacramé artist, Precious Anne C. Tablante, whose brand Wonderknots PH (named after her daughter) has slowly been gaining attention in the international market with her beautiful macramé jewelry pieces.
How would you describe your art, and yourself as an artist?
A great deal of creativity goes into the knotting of macramé. Engaging in this ancient art requires being in a meditative mood and carefully weaving the threads into knots and cord. Every item is a labor of love and so much heart goes into each piece.
The form that I’m currently engaged in is called micromacramé. I’m proud to say that I’m one of the first—if not the first—micromacramé artists in the Philippines to incorporate natural gemstones in macramé jewelry pieces. I also get to involve and support a small local community of people who are practicing sustainable rockhounding in the country in the process (we have beautiful varieties of jaspers and fossil corals here).
As an artist can you explain what is macrame art?
Macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting techniques, rather than weaving or knitting. It is the art of tying knots in patterns. The knots are entirely created with your bare hands, no tools involved, and it is considered an ancient art.
How did you start in this art venture
I had to give up my full-time job when my son was born in 2016. That’s when I started making natural soaps, personal care products, and anything DIY just to keep myself busy. My second pregnancy in 2018 was more difficult. I got skin allergies so I couldn’t work with anything that involve chemicals. I also suffered from prenatal depression so all the more I needed a mental distraction. That’s when I found a macramé workshop for bag-making in Metro Manila and fell in love with the craft. But I wanted something unique, something new, and decided to venture into making macramé jewelry. As a crystal enthusiast, I eventually thought of incorporating natural gemstones/crystals in my work and that’s how Wonderknots Ph started.
Where do you draw inspiration for your works?
Within few months into micromacramé, I learned to create my own designs and patterns. The process is like meditation for me, so I do it freestyle. My inspiration, especially for color combination, mostly comes from nature and the particular crystal that I’m working with. I also take into consideration my clients’ preferences when I do custom work.
Do you have a particularly favorite piece that you’ve done?
Yes, it’s a recent custom order from my client in the US. The client requested for an under-the-sea theme and something whimsical. She told me to have fun with it. Not only I was humbled with the idea of getting the full trust of my client with a special piece like this, I also grew as an artist in the process. When I posted the finished product on my IG page & in an FB group, I received so many kind words and appreciation from people and even macramé artists around the world. It’s a warm feeling when your work becomes the inspiration of other artists.
What is your personal opinion about young people pursuing arts, whether as a passion or a profession?
We’ve seen a surge in arts and crafts this year as the pandemic has forced many to stay at home and find an alternative source of income. But with or without the pandemic, I believe everyone should pursue hands-on activities for mental health. It’s also a form of telling your story and making connections to other people not only within your area but from different parts of the world.
Any message you want give to aspiring artists?
Just keep on creating and create from the heart. Work of art takes time so don’t rush it. Aim for quality. Continue to explore and experiment on different mediums, and work with the material that you’re most comfortable with. Embrace those things that make you unique as an individual and as an artist.