On any given day, Chad Fletcher can be found sitting sensitively in a Balinese villa, his dog by his side and his hands weaving strands of string into perplexing patterns.
Those hands, as a former West Coast Eagles premiership actor puts it, were used to being wrapped around leather.
But they now emanate macrame — a qualification that has brought a 38-year-old assent and gratification and led to him starting his possess business, The Macraman, in Bali.
Fletcher, whose AFL career enclosed a 2006 Eagles premiership and an All-Australian berth in 2004, has been creation his creations for some-more than a year and yesterday launched an online store.
Macrame, a art of knotting, rambling and braiding fibres, was renouned in a 1970s and is undergoing a renaissance.
For Fletcher, it has brought “stillness” after well-publicised personal struggles during and after his football career.
“My day-to-day life as a footballer was commanded by a weekly piece of paper where we was told what to do, when to do it and how to do it,” Fletcher wrote on his website.
He pronounced he “lost his creativity” while personification football though had redis-covered it by his passions of surfing, travelling and macrame.
“Macrame hurdles my patience, brings me calm and gets my artistic juices flowing,” Fletcher said.
“I now find myself longing this sold calm and seclusion, where I’m authorised to only be me … divided from a inspection and a visualisation of a football field.”
“I was driven by my passion for football. we never knew that it would have such a disabling outcome to my creativity.”
Fletcher changed to Bali 4 years ago and works as a aptness instructor during a resort.
“The pierce to Bali was unequivocally positive. I’ve never been happier,” he told The West Australian.
Fletcher was introduced to macrame by a crony and was desirous to start his possess business after support from friends and family. His hand-woven products are done regulating healthy dyes and embody wall hangings, plant pot holders, belts and dog leads.
“I’m no longer cramped to a day-to-day regime assembled by someone other than myself any more,” he said. “Freedom of choice became an choice and is now my priority.”
For each sale, Macraman will make a bullion silver concession to self-murder impediment gift R U OK? “My possess personal struggles will keep me perpetually intent in this smashing charity,” Fletcher said.
“If we demeanour during anyone my age, they’ll all contend they’ve had a onslaught via life or done some bad decisions. we do feel there’s a large pull towards mental health recognition and I’m really ardent about that cause.”