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:
â€œOn 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. Â And despite the complexity of the lengthy process I try to capture a great feeling of energy and spontaneity, and, in some cases, humour.â€
â€ 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.â€
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:
â€œI 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!â€
â€œI 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.â€
You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Claire Ritchie.
Probably would not come out empty-handed in this Copenhagen shop, Kit Couture. The company sells project kits that contain everything needed for a particular design whether it be knit, crochet or embroidery. Their designs are inspired by Scandinavian traditions and current Danish fashion. We particularly love the pillows and stocking designs but they also carry women, men and children’s fashion and accessories. The bonus is that they ship worldwide.
You can view their designs on their website, Instagram and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Kit Couture.