Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations resembling like hanging illustrations.
She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.
McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength.
Through an exploration of line and its 2-d and 3-d implications, stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence. Amanda’s work explores embroidery’s duality- it’s subtle quality versus it’s accumulative
presence and its structural possibilities versus its fragility. Through experimentation and creation within her studio, she continues to investigate line in the context of embroidery, drawing and installation.
The artist says: “My interest in embroidery stems from an interest in line and drawing. I am interested and excited by the potential thread has to create both readable images and abstract images. […] I have always loved drawing and when thinking about line in it’s simplest sense, as line, I began to think about how threaded line is interesting because it appears flat but it is actually a sculptural line. I also thought that it would be interesting to make a piece, a drawing that could exist only out of threaded or sewn line and that’s where my research began.”