Black Rhino Recreated in Fabric Collage

Sophie Standing is a Kenyan-based artist who creates elegant portraits of animals on her sewing machine by using cloth as her paint palette.

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Standing would first do some sketching of the image onto a canvas and then appliqueing an intricate collage of fabric on top to construct her pieces which are probably the one-of-a-kind creations. And then by using a variety of colored threads, she stitches linear details over her work.

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This may make a painterly look to her piece, working as a combination of technique and gestural, called emotive marks. Here, to cover the hide of a large rhino, Standing used various collections of fabrics.

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They can merge seamlessly together and flow to the whole animal’s body. Some are bold floral patterns while others are geometric in designs. Above all, dark-colored thread outlines its creases and shades to give characterization to the form.

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