Mondays, Maggie Muses: String Art

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

“String art” or  “pin and thread art”  has it’s origins in the “curve stitch” which was invented by Mary Everest Boole at the end of the 19th century as a way to make mathematical ideas  more accessible to children.  In the 1960’s it became quite popular and people were able to create their own decorative arts through kits and books.  It has had a sort of resurgence as of late, and I really like way artists are reinventing this medium.

It all started when I saw this picture of Blair and Peter Stocker’s dining room in Apartment Therapy,  it was Vermeer’s “the Girl with the Pearl Earring” replicated in string! Ever since then, I was smitten and have noticed this art form popping up everywhere.  Here are some of my favorites.

Colossal string installation by Gabriel Dawe

Dominique Falla’s entry into 2011 Positive Posters competition


Kumi Yamashita “Mana” from the Constellation series.


Jose Romussi’s fanciful Dance series – Anna Pavlova

“Girl with the Pearl Earring” via Wise Craft

If you would like to recreate your own masterpiece, Mo Man Tai Shop sells Masterpieces Pattern Sheet so you can have your own string art creation too!

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