Lately, we’ve seen many incredible artists creatively pushing the boundaries of embroidery, but Toronto-based Amanda McCavour is one artist that has literally taken her stitching skills to the next level. The talented artist constructs three-dimensional embroidery art installations, featuring delicate textile motifs that float in gallery spaces.
Describing her work as “thread drawings,” McCavour uses a sewing machine to illustrate her designs on a special type of water-soluble fabric called Solvy. After the temporary material’s fiber has broken down, McCavour’s stitched outlines remain. Displaying a surprising durability, McCavour explains, “these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart.”
McCavour’s embroidery motifs include flowers, plants, birds, and even living room furniture. Her installations feature thousands of these embroidered pieces hanging from individual threads attached to the ceiling. The results are ethereal, immersive environments that represent the artist’s memories of places left behind. In an interview with My Modern Met, McCavour revealed, “I think that there is a parallel or connection between these temporary spaces and the feeling of temporality in my thread work.” She continues, “I like the history of use that is held within thread and sewing, that even though my work isn't being worn or touched, you still have a sense of this history of use and an idea of what the work might feel like.”
McCavour’s Floating Garden installation is currently on display (closing September 23rd, 2018) at the Cornell Art Museum in Florida as part of their Flora group exhibition. If you can’t make it to Flordia, you can find more of the artist’s work on Instagram.