The Ricasso Handles are inspired by European Sword Handles on display at the Wallace Collection, London. Aimee was amazed by the decorative and functional qualities of these historic sword handles, and the contrast between the fine metallic threads that are used to form an impressive grip surface.
In creating the Ricasso Handles, Aimee articulates both the decorative and functional possibilities of braiding and knotting techniques. Using Leather Ribbon, Metallic Threads, Waxed Cotton and Hemp Cords worked around a turned wooden handle, and leaving the end caps exposed to show the beautiful contrast between the wood and the decorative surface. A simple folded brass metal bracket attaches the handles.