Mindful Macramé: Meet Christine Munroe of Knotty Ambitions
We are beyond excited to partner with Christine Munroe this Saturday for our very first KISMET Mindful Macramé Workshop. How exactly might macrame be mindful, you may ask? Like many other tactile activities, macramé is all about getting out of our heads and into our bodies. Just like we can reach that "flow" state through meditation and yoga, crafting can allow us to release our thoughts and focus on just creating. Scroll down for our interview with Christine (she's seriously rad) as she tells us all about how she discovered the art of macramé, how her astrological profile influences her work, and her favorite high-vibe pursuits.
How did you first get into macramé?
My introduction to macramé came when I was living in Brooklyn, New York working as a Social Media Director. My days were filled with computer work and I was in serious need of a creative outlet. While half-heartedly scrolling through Instagram one day, I came across a post for a Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop at hip local boutique called People of Tomorrow. I had never taken a workshop before, for anything, but in that moment it sprang out to me as exactly what I needed. I signed up on the spot. I didn't invite any friends, I didn't even tell anyone I was going. It was something I wanted to do just for myself. Honestly, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
What do love about it?
Working with a medium like rope is so insanely versatile. After learning only three basic knots, I was able to make plant hangers, wall hangings, jewelry, handbags, home decor and my new favorite, a yoga mat strap! Macramé is something that can be kept as simple and clean or as complex, layered and textured as you want it to be. It lends itself effortlessly and is graciously forgiving. If you 'mess up' simply unknot and start again! I find the actual act of knotting to be very meditative and soothing with that 'flow state' coming easily and staying with you even after you've stepped away from the project.
How long have you been doing it?
That first Macramé Workshop I took was in the Spring of 2016. I started with it as a hobby after that but quickly realized I could turn this into a side gig. Friends and family started putting in special requests and asking to buy my pieces right off my living room walls! I started my Etsy shop in 2017 and have grown this practice into a full-time business since then.
What are your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs?
Gemini Sun, Virgo Moon, Leo rising
Do any attributes directly relate back to one of your signs?
The Gemini in me gets bored very easily. This has translated into my macrame pieces evolving very quickly. I look back at pieces I did only a month ago and see that they're very different from what I'm doing today and what i'm producing today will most likely be very different tomorrow! I like to keep it interesting, learn new knots, switch up the rope, try adding new colors, ect.
The Virgo in me needs order and symmetry. So as my Gemini brings wild inspiration, my Virgo finds balance and a clean but warm aesthetic.
Where are you from originally?
I grew up on a 4 acre farm in Rhode Island. We had so many beautiful animals. Horses, chickens, and 5 dogs! To name a few. We had a vegetable and flower garden and a small pond. It was a magical place to grow up.
Favorite high-vibe activities?
Besides macramé ? ; ) I practice Yoga almost daily, it's my mental and physical medicine! And a good ole' fashioned, honest, one-on-one convo with a friend or new acquaintance can really leave me on cloud nine. I love being challenged and welcomed into someone else's perspective.
Join us this Saturday, April 7th, for a 2-hour workshop with Christine as we learn to make our very own macramé plant hangers. Click here for all the details.