“I consider myself a painter and I paint with thread,” writes Stephanie K. Clark on her website. Using embroidery floss as paint, and employing a needle as a paintbrush, she creates textile art that’s meant to baffle the viewer, if only for a moment.
“Visually, I love it when people bypass my work thinking it’s nothing other than a simple painting,” she admitted in an interview with Jung Katz. “Until they look a little closer and see that in fact it is fibers/thread. Then they have to proceed to look even closer.”
According to Clark, the process of transforming string into art struck her as something visually stimulating with complex simplicity. But her techniques also rely on her background in painting. Having graduated in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah, she engages both traditional and innovative techniques in her work.
It was actually during her art studies that she explored the possibility of painting with thread. “My background in painting has allowed me to explore the material using techniques from the worlds of drawing and painting,” she explains.
Her exploration seems to have bared fruit, with her Instagram page alone attracting more than 10k fans. Here are some highlights from her page.