Amanda McCavour’s Thread Drawings
Amanda McCavour strikes me as a very meticulous person. I haven’t met her, but I feel you can learn a lot about someone through their creations. McCavour builds insanely intricate and detailed textile-based sculptures. She refers to them as “Thread Drawings.” When you look at these pieces, it’s hard to figure out exactly how she does it. They seem as if they should fall apart under their own weight.
She creates her work by sewing the complex patterns into a dissolvable base-fabric. This technique allows her to constantly rethread the design over and over again giving it the correct sturdiness. She can then drop the base-fabric into water. The fabric dissolves, and her intricate thread pattern is left. Even McCavour is fascinated by the fragility of her art as well as the process itself.
“I am interested in the vulnerability of thread, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together,” she said in her website’s artistic statement. “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.”