January 11, 2019
Objects #5: The use of string has fallen out of fashion and this lapse has reduced the tactile and sensory depth in our lives. Previously shops tied up purchases using paper and string, the string providing a looped handle allowing the customer to pick their package up with two fingers. The movement of the package gave a certain jaunt to their steps, a syncopated rhythm, the string allowing the package to hang freely and swing as they walked. String has a metaphorical resonance: as we walk home whistling, we imagine time and the sequence of our lives as a string.