Becks Sunderland, a BA (Hons) Graphic Design student at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), spent 88 hours tying 22,238 knots to create her Macramé chair, which was displayed last month alongside a host of other student works at the 2015 NTU Degree Show.

“Macramé is the art of knot tying," says Beth. "It is usually practiced on a small scale as it requires a lot of time and planning. This chair is a celebration of the craft, showing it is possible on a large scale – with enough time and effort!

“One of the reasons I love hand-crafted things is that they are cheaper to make yourself than buy from a shop. The cost for this entire project was just £7.50. Only five different types of knot were used to cover the chair, but they were arranged in different orders on different sections to create various patterns.

“The total time spent knotting for this project was 88 hours, with a total of 22,238 knots tied.”

Becks is set to graduate from NTU this year. Her work was nominated for the Roses Student Awards 2015, a creative competition, and she also represented NTU at this year’s New Designers exhibition.

“I love working with different media to find the most appropriate outcome for any brief," she says. "I enjoy all stages of a project, from idea generation and experimentation to planning and creating a final outcome.”

This article was published in the July issue of Furniture News magazine.