For those unfamiliar with macramé, it’s the art of knotting material (predominantly cord, yarn, linen) to create a larger textile piece.
It’s remarkable what can become of a little cord and natural dye when put in the right creative hands. And Christy Davies, 27, undoubtedly has the right hands, imagination and creative flair to conceive truly stunning pieces of macramé magic.
If, like me, your only previous encounter with macramé is a 1970s spider plant hanger, prepare to be surprised and delighted by Christy’s exquisite works, which bring a whole new dimension to the art form. From wistful wall hangings to chair back covers to beautiful boho bunting, “I would describe myself as a fibre artist with a keen interest in both macramé and botanical plant dyeing,” Christy reveals as we delve deeper into the alternative interiors and wedding décor business she has developed over the past 18 months. An 8′ high wedding backdrop (main picture) is breathtaking in its intricacy and complexity.
Simply scrolling through her two instagram pages @thefronissa and @thefronissa_decor gives an insight into an avant-garde lifestyle that feeds both her creativity and production methods. “When I’m not knotting and unknotting, I’m foraging for various plants and cones to create my dyes,” she reveals.
“I have a love for natural resources and adore the end result I achieve with colours that come from plant dye. I tend to go for earthy tones, so I’ll collect nettles. avocado stones, eucalyptus leaves and dandelion leaves which will turn out either different shades of greens or beautiful tones of dusky pinks. It all kind of fell in my lap one day,” she admits, explaining how her unique business venture began.
“I’ve worked in the service and hospitality industry for quite some years and have always tried to stay creative when I’ve had free time. I was browsing Pinterest to get some new ideas one day and just happened upon some macramé tutorials.
“I started doing small knotting pieces to begin with, then when I properly looked at what I was creating I was struck with the thought that actually, I’m quite good at this,” and she smiles a self-effacing grin, somehow embarassed by her talent. Since then, Christy’s business has grown as couples seek ever more interesting ways to tie the knot. “I have links with three lovely shops; Wysteria Lane Boutique in Shrewsbury, Enki in Birmingham and Stiles and Williams in Manchester that all stock my products.”
This disarmingly charming young artist recently made the decision to focus on the wedding décor side of the business, and has done so with the help of two fellow female entrepreneurs, Lucy Dawn Bayliss (@lucydawnbayliss) who created the Fronissa branding and photographer, Florence Fox (@florencefoxphotography) who captured the wonderfully ethereal images used in this feature. “I’ve absolutely loved collaborating with other talented women like Lucy and Florence,” Christy beams as she eagerly shows off the trio’s portfolio of work.
Christy offers a wedding package hire service for the macramé pieces she has produced. The ‘Full Moon‘ package includes the solid Oak Arbour frame, macramé backdrop of your choice, a selection of dreamcatchers, two macramé chair backs, and extra-large moon canvas, macramé plant hangers with glass bowls, and 12 vintage brass candlesticks in different sizes for table decoration.
The ‘New Moon‘ package includes the Oak frame and backdrop previously mentioned and as many or as few add-ons listed above for a package tailored for your big day. Both packages include Christy coming along to dress and style the venue at no extra cost.
For more details and pricing information, get in touch with Christy by emailing her at email@example.com and take a look at her Instagram pages for a regular dose of ‘boho-inspo’.