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Doing More With Thread

June 9, 2011 in Style

I can assume that everyone reading this blog has at least one spool of thread and has used it in some type of sewing.  Although, I can not assume that you have thought of stacking thousands of spools on top of each other to create a reproduction of a famous work of art, well that is until now.  Devorah Sperber has been creating art out of just about anything she can find, stickers, pen caps, beads, pipe cleaners, and spools of thread.

Devorah Sperber at work.

Using a computer program she is able to convert commonly know images into pixels and then convert those pixels into spools of thread.  By hanging the threads by ball chain so that the image is upside down, Devorah sets up viewing spheres to condense the arrangement and bring the spools into focus.  I hope to one day be able to see her work in person, the photos of her work are amazing and make me want to go out and buy more thread.  How neat would it be to have a thread image of a pin cushion, pair of scissors, or just a spool of thread on the wall of your sewing room?

"After Warhol," 2008, 698 spools of thread (42 x 25 inches), stainless-steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic sphere, metal stand

"After the Mona Lisa 7," 2008, by Devorah Sperber, 5,084 spools of thread, stainless-steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere on metal stand, 97" h x 77" w (thread spools only)

You can see more of Devorah Sperber work at www.devorahsperber.com or to see the PBS Profile on Devorah go to www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/video/devorah-sperber/220/.

"After The Last Supper", 2005 20,736 spools of thread, aluminum ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere on metal stand 85"h x 29'w

"Woodstock", 2010, 308 larger spools of thread, stainless-steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic sphere, metal stand Dimensions: 38" x 29" (thread only) x 60"d (viewing sphere)

I do not think that I will be trying to create my thread works just yet, but if you could, what item or image would you want to create or see created with thread spools?

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