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Painterly Images in Fabric: Art by Lisa Lackey

A textile artwork made to look like a paintingIn the Shadows 1, fabrics, thread, and embroidery floss on canvas

Textile artist Lisa Lackey creates works that blur the line between craft and fine art. Often utilizing sewing and embroidery techniques, Lisa creates detailed, painterly images in fabric.


An embroidered and sewn artwork by Lisa LackeyGotcha!, fabric and thread on canvas


In one recent series, In the Shadows, Lisa showcases a watercolor painting that she’s “translated” into a work of textile art by sewing and embroidering fabrics onto a canvas. It’s really interesting to see the transition and it’s quite impressive that the artist is able to so closely approximate the look of the original painting in such a completely different medium. Another recent commissioned work showcases the incredible detail that goes into each of Lisa’s works, with the artist including detail images that show the up-close overlap of fine, colored threads and stitches coming together to create a beautifully clean image of a family portrait.


A screen capture of Lisa Lackey's art websiteThe front page of Lisa's website


Lisa’s method of stretching the medium of textile into unexpected places also makes me think of the work of Pat Autenrieth.

A textile artwork depicting a dog on the beachSister's Dog (Sadie), fabric and thread on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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