HeARTbeat: Debbie Smyth’s Pin and Thread Drawings

Art inspiration to feed our creative hearts.
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of Dominique Pacheco’s new weekly art column at EcoSalon, HeARTbeat, offering a glimpse of artistic inspiration from artists around the globe.

Debbie Smyth is a British textile designer who transforms two dimensional sketches into 3-D works, utilizing thread as an original method for drawing. The material guides her, as Smyth works beyond what we may perceive the medium can achieve.

By meticulously placing pins, and “drawing” with thread, she creates both large scale installations and small scale works of diverse style and impact.  Take a look at her process in this video from a recent exhibit called “Drawing with Thread.”


Eco, trends, art, creativity and how they tumble through social media to shape culture fascinate EcoSalon columnist Dominique Pacheco. Her personal blog, mixingreality, speaks to these topics daily, and here at EcoSalon, she takes a weekly look at the intersection of eco and art. We call it heARTbeat.


Dominique Pacheco

Dominique Pacheco is the author of EcoSalon's weekly heARTbeat column.