Debbie Smyth is a textile artist known notably for her pin and thread drawings. She creates the artwork by stretching a network of threads between accurately placed pins. The artist has worked with high profile companies and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In her own words she describes her work:
“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.”
” I feel as if I am taking thread out of its comfort zone, presenting it on monumental scale and creating an eye-catching, and in some case jaw dropping effect.”
More of her work can be viewed on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Debbie Smyth.
Claire Ritchie is a designer/maker based in Melbourne, Australia, who designs surface patterns and hand crafts a small collection of accessories and clothes. Her love for vintage items and fabrics has also played a big part in her design aesthetic, with inspiration being drawn from the bold and vibrant colors. On an interview with Ball Pit Magazine she says this about her work:
“I try to keep things really simple as well as bold and colourful. The fabrics I produce are all digitally printed, but I get asked all the time if its screen printed. I think my patterns carry an essence of screen printing which I love, because I really miss printing!”
“I think art is how a lot of people communicate and express themselves. It can be hard to put your thoughts and feelings into words. Art allows us to put something out into the world in our own way. If i need to take some time out from the noisy world i definitely retreat to my drawings. Art makes you stop and think about the smaller things, the things you can miss if you get caught up in the craziness in the world.”
You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Claire Ritchie.
We’ve never tried felting before but might give it a stab specially after seeing the exquisite works of textile artist and designer Lindsey Tyson. The UK-based artist is a weaver by trade but has successfully sidestepped into the art of felt making creating a line that is both tactile and sophisticated. She is inspired by the sea, landscape and nature of the North Yorkshire coast.
You can follow the artist on Facebook and on her website where she list shops that carry her line.
Images: Courtesy of Lindsey Tyson.