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Debbie Smyth – Drawing With Thread

Debbie Smyth is a textile artist, well-known for her thread drawings. These playful and sophisticated contemporary artworks  are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins.

Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the page in a series of “pin and thread” drawings.

On first glance, it can look like a mass of threads but as you get closer sharp lines come into focus, creating a spectacular image. The images are first plotted out before being filled out with the thread, the sharp angles contrasting with the floating ends of the thread.  And despite the complexity of the lengthy process I try to capture a great feeling of energy and spontaneity, and, in some cases, humour.

Debbie has worked with companies both nationally and internationally including Ellesse, The New York Times, The Canadian Red Cross, Sony, and The Dorchester Hotel Group. (via Debbie Smyth)

(All images via Debbie Smyth)

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