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Iron out the creases

Posted by: Jo Briton

Categories: Creative,

Tue, 11 Feb 2014

I only wished I was as skilled in ironing as British artist Benjamin Shine.


Using an iron, Shine sculpts, presses and pleats a huge single piece of tulle, whose transparent qualities give the portrait he creates more texture and depth. By layering up the tulle, the artist obtains different tones and shadows that enable him to realistically portray iconic starts like Elizabeth Taylor. He also produces elegant abstract faces and other things, such as a pair of elderly hands.


Shine says of his works of art: The idea of ‘painting with fabric’ led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.”


I think I like the abstract faces the best, see more of Shine’s work on his website. I also really like his city sculptures and his eyelet portraits. Fascinating works of art.

I’m off to practice ironing with the bed sheets.


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