Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the page in a series of “pin and thread” drawings.
Using a series of pins and thread, Smyth builds up pictures from her materials, mixing techniques to create strong outlines and shapes, then adding layers of loose threads which provide the images with movement and depth.
These images look really simple at first glance but then you see the work that ha gone into their creation, the number of times the pins have been looped to add the right line thickness, the amount of fraying to provide the correct levels of shade. I particularly like the shaded works which feel more complete.
Most people will have created a curve at school by joining string around pegs. Smyth has taken this practice to an entirely new level and uses it to create images with meaning, the starkness of her palette gives the images a sombre moodiness.