Art Painting

How do you interpret the “red thread of fate”?

“Red Thread of Fate”

I was digging around my external hard-drive and lookie what I found! This was a page I did in 2008 when I was doing my study abroad in Norway.

Do you know the concept behind the red thread of fate?  As far as I know, in East Asian folklore, the red thread of fate refers to the connection between you and a person you are destined to meet, usually thought to be your soul mate, but can also be with some other important person in your life. This string can tangle and stretch but cannot be broken. You will eventually get to the other end of the string to find your partner, regardless of what your life brings. If you’d like a more detailed explanation, click to get a Wikipedia explanation.

In this conceptual piece, I don’t recall connecting the red string to a particular person. Instead I referred the other end of the string to be a destiny or responsibilities that you feel compelled to uphold, whether you want to or not. This was of course during a time I was discovering many things about myself, since it was the first time I was truly away from home.

This started as a sketch for a dress I thought up. In a time of exploring styles and what not, I use to think I could design clothing at one point. After sketching it, I thought why not add color? I wanted to test out my new tiny travel-sized watercolor pallet I had just bought during a field trip to the local art supply store of Hamar, Norway.

The components just came together and for the background I referenced a picture of lilies I had taken during another field trip earlier.

Upon finishing, I concluded that:

  1. The dress was way cute, too bad I didn’t know how to sew (I do now, so maybe I can try and work this out)
  2. This mini water-color pallet was an awesome purchase, for not knowing how to read in Norwegian.

What do you think about this small painting? Or what about the dress? Is it worth investing time into making? What about the red string of fate? What does that mean to you?

My time in Norway was amazing and I cherish every single one of those memories. There were so many fun times (with a couple crazy nights), and more importantly, I made life-long friends. Would you like to see more of my adventures in Norway? Let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share! Until next time!

<3 Kara

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  • Reply
    Kate Retherford
    November 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I really love this “Red Thread of Fate” idea! I’m going to have to research this more. You’re an incredible artist!!

    • Reply
      November 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you Kate!
      And yes, the concept of red thread of fate is quite interesting. Kind of like the idea of a soul mate or a destiny 🙂

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