Artist Sheena Liam has a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted approach to embroidery. Favoring female subjects, with a focus on flowing hairstyles, Liam creates unique portraits of women and girls with thread tresses that cascade from the canvas.
Each portrait is created using black thread, culminating in a collection of works reminiscent of simple yet exquisitely rendered line drawings. While the majority of each embroidered image lays flat, the subject’s hair falls loosely from her face, adding a touch of three-dimensionality to an otherwise uniform surface. Thanks to the thread’s versatility, Liam is able to experiment with a range of hairstyles, from perfectly coiffed braided pigtails to loosely tied top-knots.
As a nod to the traditional craft, Liam uses an embroidery hoop to complete each inventive piece. In some cases, the figures’ hair even extends beyond the frame, conveying the artist’s tendency to challenge the boundaries and limitations of the conventional craft.