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Illustration

Pin and Thread Illustrations by Debbie Smyth

September 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I was floored to discover the work of UK artist Debbie Smyth who uses hundreds of needles and delicate lengths of thread to create wall-sized installations. Via her website:

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.

Incredibly beautiful work, I would love to see these up close. Here’s a video interview with Smyth as well as a timelapse of one of her most recent installations. (via joetta maue and rhumboogie)

 

 



Design

Gregor 2012 Unraveling Scarf Calendar

August 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

There are only 122 days until Christmas, I think it’s time to kick off the cavalcade of awesome designer calendars. I admit, this one’s a little early, but with good reason. The Gregor calendar by industrial designer Patrick Frey is a delicately knit scarf that counts down the year by unraveling stitch by stitch. Check out the updated video above to see it in action and then head immediately over to the German design shop details where you can pick one up for about $80. I think the version available is in German, but I might be wrong. Usually they have English as well, so stay tuned.

After posting briefly about this calendar last year, after the holidays, after all the Gregor 2011 calendars had been sold, gifted, and were unstitching themselves in kitchens around the globe, it slowly became the number one Googled thing that lead to Colossal for nearly three months. And then the emails started: Do you know where I can buy the calendar? Do you know anyone who has one? Do you have one? Who has one? Why don’t you have one? I don’t care if you’ve unstitched three months already I’ll take it. You can pro-rate it. Look, can I come to your house and just pull the string a little? Like pull off a week? Ok a day. Just a day. Let me unstitch one day off your calendar, man. LET ME PULL ONE FREAKING STITCH DUDE.

At least that’s how I remember it. The calendar is popular. Get one while you can. Keep away from cats. (thnx, martin!)

 

 



Art

Embroidered Car Doors

August 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

New to me, these embroidered car doors by Lithuanian textile artist Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene who has an enormous body of work involving stitched objects including bowls, irons, lamps and much more. Photos via OutsaPop. (via yellowtrace)

 

 



Craft Illustration

Kaylee Hibbert

August 1, 2011

Christopher Jobson

UK artist Kaylee Hibbert creates three dimensional and illusional textiles using carefully stitched thread. She cites the work of Gabriel Dawe (previously here and here) as an inspiration, and is exploring the idea of turning many of her designs into a collection of hand-stitched wallpapers. (via lustik)

 

 



Art

Embroidered Mattress by Louise Riley

July 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A remarkable embroidered mattress by UK artist Louise Riley. Her sewn translation of pencil sketches to textile art are also amazing, a good example can be seen here (vaguely nsfw). (via saatchi)

 

 



Art

So remember that time somebody photographed you doing that incredibly compromising thing and the pictures got out on the internet and Erin Riley wove a tapestry of it?

April 22, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Yeah, so this is that time.

Philadelphia-based artist Erin M. Riley (NSFW in a weird explicit textile sort of way) scours the internet for embarrassing and downright sketchy photos of people and weaves them into elaborate wall-covering tapestries. From her interview on Fecal Face:

So I search “upskirt”, or “drunk girl puking” then look at sketchy pictures for an hour or two, find a few that are really awesome and they sit in my folder for a bit until im ready to weave them. I don’t like to crop or alter the images too much, so it has to be a good mix of all of the elements. I like the images to be attractive and alluring while also showing you how creepy and depressing life can be. Then I trace the image on a clear sheet and project it with an overhead projector to scale. I copy it on large craft paper and lay it under my warp while I weave.

Due to the safe-for-work nature of this blog I haven’t posted the craziest stuff, so head on over to her blog here ya degenerates. (via fecal face)