Debbie Smyth

Debbie Smyth


“Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins” (Smyth, nd a).

Her work takes the thread pictures of the 70’s into exciting new directions.

HiConnect X Soho Myriad, 2015, detail.

“Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the page in a series of “pin and thread” drawings” (Smyth, nd a).

Making links to my drawings and generating ideas for approaching work.

Smyth’s practice makes me appreciate the intimate relationship between my drawings and the final work.

Pylons, 2009
Original drawing

Pylons, 2009
In progress

Another remarkable aspect of Smyth’s work is her ability to work at various scales. Her commercial and gallery commissions are frequently huge, while she also produces small, intricate framed work.

Large Scale:

HiConnect X Soho Myriad, 2015

In Full Swing, 2013

Small Scale:


Bird Branch

Smyth, D. (nd a) About,
Viewed:, 6 May 2020

Smyth, D. (nd b) ‘Bird Branch’ in Shaded Works,
Viewed:, 6 May 2020

Smyth, D. (nd a) ‘Love’ in Alphabox,
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Smyth, D. (2009) Pylons,
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Smyth, D. (2013) In Full Swing,
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Smyth, D. (2015) HiConnect X Soho Myriad,
Viewed:, 6 May 2020