Today I would like to explore a few contemporary artists who use thread in their work. Thread is used because it can convey straight and/ or clear cut lines thus be used for perspective/ silhouettes/ outlines/ text/ 2D drawing.
Maurizio Anzeri takes old photos and sews into them. He gives the subjects a new personality by sewing a mask over their face.
Amanda McCavour provides a great example of art sewn in 2D. Her homely pieces are sewn with material that dissolves in water so she is left with an outline. I like to think her work pays homage to a time when sewing was a common and important skill to have.
Following on from that theme, Sarah Applebaum uses knitting unconventionally to make huge interactive installations. These are 3D this time and are in a very large scale. She pairs soft innocent knitting with harsh, clinical objects like chains.
Still talking on a large scale, Anne Lindberg attaches hundreds of strands of thread from one wall to another to create a blur of colour. I love optical illusion.
Lastly Beili Lui uses thread very naturally in her Chinese legend inspired pieces. The hundreds of pieces of thread hang loosely from the ceiling with sewn rings attached. I imagine this would exude a calm tranquil vibe.