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.”
You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Debbie Smyth.
Choi So Young is a contemporary artist from Korea. She is best known for her urban landscape compositions made from discarded denim clothing and acrylic paint. She explores city life in range of highly textural and detailed works. Every button, seam, pocket, and belt loop find its place to depict a specific detail of a picture — they become a street, a window or a building. The Korean artist often ‘draws’ her hometown of Busan, the second largest city of the Republic of Korea and its largest port. She has exhibited in many art fairs and her work has sold in auctions at staggering prices. Unfortunately, we have not located a website for her.
Images: Courtesy of Choi So Young.
We like this line of handmade bags from the Japanese brand, Special FRESH. The maker creates them with a collage of fabric scraps embellished with stitches, embroidery, appliqué and pom poms. Each item is one-of-a-kind and impossible to mass produce. Her line includes bags, pillows, book covers and scarves. As per most of the Japanese maker sites the creator remains unknown.
However you can view more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Items can be purchased on Japanese handmade market sites, Creema, Iichi and Minne. For overseas shipping, please contact them before purchasing.
Images: Courtesy of Special FRESH.