Drawing With Thread – Textile Works by Debbie Smyth


Debbie Smyth is a UK based textile artist with an amazing ability to create wall sized installations by stretching a network of thread between carefully plotted pins. Since establishing her practice in 2009, Smyth has worked with many high profile clients such as Adidas, Sony, the New York Times, Hermes, and was even commissioned to create a huge scale advertising illustration for the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the largest single piece she has created.

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“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”.


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