Karen James Swing

Media: Fiber

Tallahassee, FL

The common "thread" in this body of work is the use of a sewing machine, pushing it beyond the normal expectations of its function. By dropping the feed dogs, which control the stitches and feed the fabric through the machine, I am able to draw with the needle and thread.

With the thread, I am able to "paint", blending dozens of colors of thread together to create the rich depth of a painting. I have taken these techniques a step or two further with a collage of hand-dyed and painted fabrics and found objects. Several books and publications feature my work. I may be contacted through SHCG.

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