Pin and thread drawings by Debbie Smyth

Is it textile art? Is it flat? Is it 3D? Is it illustration? Is it embroidery? When you first see images of Debbie Smyth work, it’s quite hard to figure out what it is. From far away they look like drawings but if you look closer you see threads and pins.

Debbie Smyth, a young textile artist from the UK, creates beautiful drawings by stretching a network of threads between plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between contemporary art, textile art, illustration and embroidery.

I really like the idea of drawing with threads and pins. The way Debbie Smyth does it, is very impressive. Her works are playful yet very sophisticated and innovative. The way she uses hundreds of pins and meters of delicate thread like a pencial is amazing.