Design Inspiration – Elaine Longtemps

 “My work is linear and my line is painted rope. I paint all sizes of rope, from heavy clothesline and the thick cotton flex used in upholstery to mason line, cable cord, and thin polished-cotton twine.  In some pieces, I’ve used stiff venetian-blind cord, and also experimented — unsuccessfully — with sisal.  In my current work, I try to use as pure a cotton rope as possible.  With the exception of cotton flex, I wash my rope in the washing machine to remove the stiffener, then stretch it tightly around the posts in my cellar so that it dries straight.” – Elaine Longtemps