i’m jealous of amanda mccavour

Thread. All of it. Yes, even that lovely living room suspended from the ceiling… it’s all thread! I’m lucky if I can hem a skirt, but clearly Toronto based artist Amanda McCavour is more than comfortable using a sewing machine! Here is Amanda’s artist statement describing her process {because you know you wanna know how she does it!}:

In my work, I use a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. This fabric makes it possible for me to build up the thread by sewing repeatedly into my drawn images so that when the fabric is dissolved, the image can hold together without a base. These thread images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works actual raveled strength.

I am interested in the vulnerability of thread, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.  I am interested in the connections between process and materials and the way that they relate to images and spaces.  Tracing actions and environments through a process of repetition, translation and dissolving, I hope to trace absence.  My work is a process of making as a way of tracing and preserving things that are gone, or slowly falling apart.

comments (8)

  1. Jennifer /// 11.28.2011 /// 8:09am

    Jealous indeed! There is something so appealing to me about thread. And that room installation. She’s got such great style.

  2. Sondra /// 11.28.2011 /// 1:41pm

    This blog is always amazing…….wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing all that you do……Sondra

  3. Carmen /// 11.28.2011 /// 2:10pm

    What a fun medium! I want to find this water dissolving fabric!! Another brilliant find.

    As always, thanks for sharing.


  4. the jealous curator /// 11.28.2011 /// 7:28pm

    exactly! water dissolving fabric… who knew?!

  5. julie | julie digs design /// 11.30.2011 /// 9:45am

    Um wow! These are amazing and so intricate!

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  8. Lynn Marcoe /// 07.29.2014 /// 10:36am

    It is paper made from starch and dissolves in warm warm water. It is used in many applications such as felting. She is an amazing artist and an inspiration to us all.
    Lynn Marcoe

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