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Artist Creates “Paintings” with One Sheet of Intricately Folded Fabric

British artist Benjamin Shine creates textured “paintings” by carefully folding and ironing one giant sheet of tulle fabric. His subjects range from portraits of iconic stars like Elizabeth Taylor to realistic renditions of elderly hands and beautifully abstract faces emerging from the flowing netted material.

Shine says, “The idea of ‘painting with fabric' led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.”

The naturally semitransparent mesh is layered upon itself to succeed in simulating varying shades. The result is an amazing monochromatic image rich with texture. For some of his more abstract work known as Flows, Shine says, “[They] take their compositional cues from the fabric itself to reveal the inherent qualities of motion, fragility and transience.”

Benjamine Shine website
via [Benefik]

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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