EARTH.ROPE.POT.PLANT arose from the partnership between Narelle Dore and Sigrid Volders, and is the name under which a series of initiatives have been launched since 2013. 

Four key phrases synonymous with EARTH.ROPE.POT.PLANT could be Craftwork, Association, Collaboration and Natural Processes. These are also an evocation of four words that resound with the biological structure of a Rhizome:

“Rhizomes grow underground, horizontally, rampantly forcing their way through the earth with no defining structure; sprouting in all directions. Seek out the Rhizomes amongst one another in order to create a strong, indestructible network of creation.”

Earth, rope, pots and plants have formed the basis of the raw materials used over the last two years for both collaborative projects and new creations. New creations such as commissioning artist friends to create specific In Situ works for the Antwerp based multidisciplinary arts centre Het Bos. These collaborative projects have manifested themselves as a series of plant hangers, a private garden, botanical breakfast mornings, movie nights, recipe sharing and photo series – all of which come together here in this book. The book seemlessly marries different color ranges, seasons, moods, textures, existing and new images, giving individual projects one unified and new artistic context.

This book attempts to document the last two years of collaboration in a way that
is neither chronological nor comprehensive, but rather suggestive and selective
so to be understood as a book on contemporary craft. The book is therefore not
a traditional “How to Macrame a Plant Holder” handbook, for example, but rather a “How you could make or view a Plant Holder” workbook. The book is a potential answer to the current and creative context that surrounds Sigrid and Narelle – a frozen documentation of the continuous flow of exchanges that take place between different disciplines and fields of interest.

In relation to the rhizome, EARTH.ROPE.POT.PLANT has established firm roots with other artists and collectives. They share the same interest in nature and handicrafts as well as sharing a common approach to work in line with the philosophy behind Arte Povera or Wabi-Sabi, namely intuitively working with natural materials and simple subjects. This approach gives way to an acute sensitivity for composition and a desire for truth therein, which inevitably leaves room for imperfection. For example; asymmetry, roughness, irregularity, austerity and intimacy make up the naïve integrity and fundamental characteristics of EARTH.ROPE.POT.PLANT. 


Text by Liene Aerts (Translated from Dutch to English by Jack Davey.)


Music For Mimosa Pudica & Codariocalyx by David Edren