American painter Cayce Zavaglia has recently began to take on an all together different medium of choice for creating impressive lifelike portraits, wool. The amount of detail in her workings is undeniable as the realistic pieces are threaded using a multitude of colors and sewn together with precision to give the impression of tonal value and depth. The images are quite complex and it’s a collection, currently consisting of fourteen pieces, that I would love to be able to study up close and in person.
” Initially, working with an established range of wool colors proved frustrating. Unlike painting, I was unable to mix the colors by hand. Progressively, I created a system of sewing the threads in a sequence that would ultimately give the allusion of a certain color or tone. The direction in which the threads were sewn had to mimic the way lines are layered in a drawing to give the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Over time the stitches have become tighter and more complex but ultimately more evocative of flesh, hair, and cloth.” – Cayce Zavaglia