Tim Ingold has discussed the history of ‘the thread’ – noting threads are identified by their easy manipulations by hand and their material propensity to waste.
I came across this small intervention in Shoreditch, last month. Seemingly insignificant, I imagined this small thread as quickly woven to it’s new home on the metal fence – and easily removed with the same speed. The soft yarn affords this convenience and the pink hue makes harsh the grey steel surface.
Ingold, T. (2010) Transformations of the Line: Traces, Threads and Surfaces. Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture. 8, 1. 10 – 35.