Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thread Painter Emily Tull Creates Portraits With Amazing Shading

These wonderful embroidered animal portraits are by Kent based artist Emily Tull. She is a self proclaimed "thread painter" who uses needle instead of paint to create extraordinary portraits inspired by wildlife, especially British species. Her embroideries have lovely shading and textures created with cross hatching, weaving over and under of different color threads. She uses varied sizes of stitches to form fur and feathers. Each embroidery seems to be drawn with long and short strokes of pencil colors.

She has exhibited in several solo and group shows since 1998 all around the world. She has won a Kent Creative Award for Visual Art (non digital), and has been a finalist in the Winter Pride Awards, Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, and selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show, Mall Galleries. You can find her originals available for purchase and cards based on her originals in her online store.