August 12, 2019 1 min read

The Mystic Art Festival was right around the corner and as our shop is located practically in the middle of the festival area, Matt thought he should dress up the outside of the work shop.
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So what comes to mind? A giant jellyfish out of 2" manila line topped off with a man knot or otherwise known as a tack knot.
Mystic Knotwork ties giant octopus in Mystic Connecticut
Well once the project got underway it soon became clear this was going to be a two person project. Jill grabbed her camera to capture Matt's creative process while also helping to maneuver the knot. During this time I was in the back of the workshop and had no idea what all the laughing, loud thumps and raised voices were about.
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Once finished it took two people to get 'it' out of the building and up on the sign. After the ceremonial photo session it started to rain and 'it' had to come back in.
Mystic Knotwork ties giant octopus in Mystic Connecticut
Once on Instagram it became clear 'it' could be either a jellyfish or an octopus. Votes were in and 'it' is an octopus now named Art.
Mystic Knotwork ties giant octopus in Mystic Connecticut
Art was given a set of beautifully knotted eyes and was securely attached to the sign at the front of the workshop where folks can swing by, wrap a tentacle around their shoulders and have their picture taken with Art! Gosh I love my job!
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Sue Waterman
Sue Waterman


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