Debbie Smyth – Nailing Thread Art With Style

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Debbie Smyth is a visual artist from Cheltenham, England, who creates large scale installations using pin and thread art.

Debbie Smyth - Fly Away Home - pin and thread work

“Everyday we see strong linear structures, architectural forms, iconic objects; I like to capture these but play with the angles and perspective to give extra depth to my drawing.

Debbie Smyth - LUMINA
Debbie Smyth – LUMINA

“The drawings are firstly plotted to give me the bare bones of the image. I then gradually exaggerate and add more thread and knots, just like you would add shading with a pencil. Thread, such a pliable and soft material with great line quality.


“Shadows and light play with the semi translucent cutouts creating extra depth and giving the piece life. Sometimes extending the wandering lines creating quirky interruptions within the framing, which give a sense of theatre and presence that can’t be captured by images alone.”

Debbie Smyth - What A Bitch
Debbie Smyth – What A Bitch

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Debbie and she’s a great person as well as being a terrific artist. Much of the pleasure with her work comes from watching the process and seeing the images appear as she weaves her threads. This video illustrates the point and is worth a look.

Debbie takes a concept that is familiar to most of us, and creates immense works that are elegantly complex. Her installations are loved in corporate spaces and her ability in producing depth and texture with this simple technique is unmatched.

Debbie Smyth - FLEETING (Installation)
Debbie Smyth – FLEETING (Installation)

It’s a process we could all try, but Debbie’s work sets a high standard – she is an artist of great vision. Visit her website to enjoy more of her amazing pieces.