Europa Chan Dawson, who is a leading Chinese Knot specialist in the UK, came all the way to Colchester (from Bristol) to generously share her immense knowledge and skill with us in a 2 hour workshop at firstsite.
Following discussions within the group and the workshop with Europa we summarised our ideas in a dawing, which Europa kindly offered to translate into a second prototype. Everyone agreed to simplify the knot, let go of the inner knots and reduce the amount of knots to the outer ring.
Following Europas workshop we also understood better the symbolism behind each knot and how narrative elements can be introduced. The large knot at the bottom is representing China where as the other knots are reaching out and are 'welcoming'.
We propose that the connections between the knot modules would be made of a seafaring knot the 'Monkeys Fist'. A ball like knot made of a think rope to which a bigger rope is attached. When arriving at shore the small rope with the Monkeys Fist at one end was used to throw it ashore and pull the bigger rope which would then secure the boat.