A rope in the shape of a vessel by ELSUR

ELSUR is a furniture and product brand founded in 2014 by Cristina Vallejo. Interested in the connection between humans and objects, her designs explore new possibilities of uses, methods, materials, and shapes, having the Spanish culture as an inspiration. Every product created is a unique piece, made partially or entirely by hand, in collaboration with local craftsmen or by herself.

A rope in the shape of a vessel

“A rope in the shape of a vessel” connects us with the ceramic world through its appearance and through the process that reminds us of the ceramic coil technique. That is why I have defined these pieces as “textile pottery”.

Conceived as textile pottery, “A rope in the shape of a vessel” is an invitation to reflect upon form and matter. It muses on the power of the image, which remains in our memory irrespective of the material with which the piece is made. “A rope in the shape of a vessel” claims the use of a humble material and a simple process. At the same time, it explores their potentials. With a single repeated stitch and subtle hand gestures, the pieces are being molded in a process that reminds us of the ceramic coil technique. By joining the rope, the thread leaves its trace, creating a texture on the vessel’s surface.

The Beginning
ELSUR: This is a project that began by experimenting with my hands. I choose a rope, I imagine a shape and I start sewing. As I carry on, the form appears, not always as I had imagined. At the same time, I am interested in investigating the expressive potential of the cotton rope. How a material without consistency acquires body, rigidity, and weight when sewn. Also, I like to take the machine’s capacities to the limit, using it in a different way in order to generate varied volumes.
It is a simple process in which I sew the cotton rope making slight movements. My left-hand moves around and tilts to define the shape. While my right-hand positions and tightens the cord to determine its outline. By joining the rope, the thread, which passes through the same place several times, gives consistency while creating a texture on the surface of the vessel.

Main Challenges
ELSUR: To manage to generate volumes with the sewing machine. Although the process is simple, it is not always easy to achieve some shapes and also to achieve some qualities of the vessels such as its consistency, rigidity, or its weight.
The process itself, in which for hours a keep myself stuck to the sewing machine, repeating endlessly a single stitch that is accompanied by the sound of the tapping of the machine. At all times my gaze remains fixed on the needle, in a continuous almost meditative process. Letting myself be carried away by the process itself, accepting that the result will not be 100% controlled, that there will be a degree of randomness. I reckon that I love it although it is a challenge.

Available Works:
Title: A rope in the shape of a vessel 2
Materials: 100% russet cotton rope and russet polyester thread
Dimensions: 24 x 27 x 16 cm | Price: 474€

Title: A rope in the shape of a vessel 3
Materials: 100% Klein cotton rope and pale rose polyester thread
Dimensions: 34 x 21 x 16 cm | Price: 558€

Title: A rope in the shape of a vessel 4
Materials: 100% pale rose cotton rope and black and navy polyester thread
Dimensions: 34 x 24 x 22 cm | Price: 787€

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