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Floating “Garden” of Embroidered Thread Drawings Brings Nature Indoors

Embroidery Art Installations by Amanda McCavour

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.

Toronto-based Amanda McCavour constructs three-dimensional embroidery art installations, featuring delicate textile motifs that float in gallery spaces.

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Describing her work as “thread drawings,” McCavour uses a sewing machine to illustrate her designs onto a special type of water-soluable fabric called Solvy.

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After the temporary material’s fiber has broken down, McCavour’s stitched outlines remain, revealing their surprising durability.

Embroidery Art Installations by Amanda McCavourEmbroidery Art Installations by Amanda McCavourEmbroidery Art Installations by Amanda McCavour

Her installations feature thousands of these stitch drawings hanging from individual threads attached to the ceiling.

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All images via Amanda McCavour.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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