Workshop led by Amanda Thackray

In a hands-on workshop making rope bracelets out of paper and/or fabric scraps, participants will learn how to counter-twist fibers together into rope and create beautiful adjustable bracelets.

Thackray's installation The Line is a functional rope swing made from paper and can be located on the Main Deck. 


On-going Installation

The 30th Chapter in Herman Melville's epic Moby Dick is a narrative detailing the sailor's intimate relationship with rope – which he refers to as "the line." The text of this chapter has been written onto strips of Japanese paper, which have been twisted into rope. This paper rope is crafted into a set of rope swings, designed to engage the space between books and the sea, and introduce the viewer to the text of the classic that runs through it. Although the words are not readable, by sitting in the swing, surrounded by parallel seas of water and books, the reader is encouraged to meditate on the connection.

The Line is a site-specific installation aboard the Floating Library. 

AMANDA THACKRAY is visual artist who holds a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has participated in national and international artist residencies, including the recent completion of a year-long residency at the Center for Book Arts in New York, a 2013 residency in the High Arctic as part of the Arctic Circle Program, and upcoming residencies at The Wassaic Project in Wassaic NY and the 38th Voyage on the Charles W Morgan whaling ship. She exhibits frequently in New York, New Jersey and internationally, and her work is in over a dozen public collections including the Alexander Library Special Collections at Rutgers University, The Center for Book Arts, NY, Mediatheque Andre Malraux, Strasbourg, France, Yale University, and The Library of Congress.