Cayce Zavaglia is the kind of artist I love to feature on this blog. She's found a way to turn something usual and commonplace, into something unique and extraordinary. Using simple crewel embroidery wool, and techniques borrowed from the worlds of drawing and painting, she creates like-like portraits that look a lot like oil paintings!
She created a system of sewing colored threads in a sequence that gave the illusion of a certain color or tone. The direction in which the threads were sewn mimics the way lines are layered in a drawing or painting, and, as a result, gives the portraits depth, volume, and form. Over time the stitches have become tighter and more complex, presenting the image of flesh, hair, and cloth.
Take a moment and explore Cayce's artwork
on her website!