Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings. Her contemporary artwork are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work encompasses large-scale wall installations and smaller framed pieces for interiors. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has created commissioned work for major companies. On Barcelona-based magazine, Metal, she says this about her creative process:
“Firstly I do a lot of research, sketches, photos, etc. I then scan all my drawings and begin to piece together compositions to suit the size of the artwork or the shape of the room. With installations, the shape of the space is always the main factor which comes in to play when composing the artwork. I always like to create perspective and create illusions of depth within an artwork. I then go through a thorough planning and plotting process and finally when I am happy with the piece and the planning at a small size, I am ready start pinning/threading. I then begin to upscale the piece from my plans to the wall/backboard. Plotting an outline initially and then filling in places, and building up density, literally drawing with the thread.”
Images: Courtesy of Debbie Smyth.