My father said the same thing!--believe me, I've done things wrong enough times that the memory is painful--like tying the tinsel clockwise about 35 times before I realized I was doing it....wrong.tie2fish wrote:My father always told me, "If you're going to do something, do it right."
As for tying without a vise--well, I tie with a vice, I like to drink when I tie--but I don't suppose that counts? I think the hardest part of tying these without a vise would be the bodies--wrapping the thread, then wrangling with the floss (so it doesn't frizzle) and the tinsel (so it doesn't spring loose). Silk floss hates to be handled and frizzles easily; plate metal tinsel is like a spring--one slip and the whole shank full of wraps is loose. It makes me wonder just how she did her half hitches with her passive hand full? Assembling the bodies without a vise should not be hard--it isn't, I've tried that--but the thread/floss/tinsel part is a real challenge.
When art is discussed, people want to know 'how' it is made, but in the end they don't seem to care much once they know the answer. Think of Rodin, for example, or Warhol--. On the other hand, with someone like Richard Serra's work, the process of making the work can be infinitely more interesting than the final product.