Seeing Solomon's Knot
by Lois Rose Rose|
An early career as a fashion model led Lois Rose Rose to involvement in
all aspects of costuming, including designing and making costumes and
ornaments, each of which required development of skills with many materials.
venture into silk screening added other skills. Making jewelry became a
hobby, then a sideline. The same sequence occurred with greeting cards.
And magnetic bookmarks et with much cetera.
Producing fashion shows and programs was an outgrowth of those activities.
Clients include The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the Craft
and Folk Art Museum, The Bead Society, The Pomegranate Society, Sephardic
Temple Tifereth Israel, various Womenís Clubs, Elderhostels, and TIME. A
course in design was developed for UCLA Extension. As the author of Seeing
Solomonís Knot, Lois Rose Rose has begun presentation of several kinds of
programs on that subject.
At some time or some other time, the author encountered Solomonís knot.
Oh, Solomon. King Solomon of Israel. Must be a Jewish symbol. Symbol of
wisdom, perhaps. But in twenty-five years of traveling, Lois Rose Rose
seemed to see Solomonís knot everywhere. It was in an old Celtic carving and
elsewhere in Europe. It was on an African kingís headdress. On doors,
floors, and carpets throughout the Middle East, there was Solomonís knot.
At first, the assumption was that the knot went back 5,000 plus years. Then
earlier and earlier uses were discovered. There were references to 30,000
years ago. Now, it might be asked: Is the knot 100,000 years old?
The knot is carved, painted, sculpted, stitched, crocheted, knitted,
inlaid, beaded, and, one supposes, tattoed.
The knot has other names and appears in various forms: rounded, squared,
mitered, embellished. It provides lessons in art and geometry. Ideal
proportions have been proposed; freehand is always possible. Perhaps, before
geometry had a name, the knot was a universal step that followed circle and
The knot has gone from geometry to chemistry. Recently, chemists
creating molecules for some other reason produced a
Solomonís knot molecule.
With all that to see, a designer had to think of pulling aspects and
Pulling aspects and images together produced the book,
Itís a big book filled with information and illustrations in glorious color:
over eighty images of Solomonís knot, text to narrate the authorís quest and
explain what was found, poetic commentary, an extensive annotated
bibliography, and more.
The author calls it a ďread aloud art bookĒ that makes the ďgrandfather of
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