Saturday, May 20, 2023

Introducing the Gordian Knot Collection from Carolyn Dube!

The mythology and symbolism of the Gordian Knot inspired Carolyn Dube to create this stencil collection. “Cutting the Gordian knot” represents a creative solution to a seemingly insurmountable problem because a Gordian knot has no beginning or end, representing an unsolvable problem.

In mythology, an oracle had declared that any man who could unravel the Gordian Knot was destined to become ruler of all of Asia. This knot was complex, and after hundreds of years of people trying to untie it, it hadn’t budged. Then along came Alexander the Great. He tried for some time to untangle it and then finally took his sword and cut it in half. He did go on to rule Asia so maybe that Oracle knew what she was talking about.

Designed by Carolyn Dube. These 5 quotes compliment the Gordian Knot stencils.  Each is sized to fit on a standard 5x7 handmade card and can also be used in your art journals, collages, ATCs, or other creative projects.


Here’s who said each of the quotes:

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. -Jean Toomer

When we forgive someone, the knots are untied and the past is released.-Reshad Feild

You can never untie the knot of true friendship.-unknown

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.-Franklin D. Roosevelt 

We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.-Michael Ondaatje

Intertwined Gordian Knot (L967)

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