The current issue (January) of Southwest Art has an article about Carol Shinn, who does thread painting on fabric printed photos – they are photo-realistic. Google her & see her work. She has items in Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe (www.jsauergallery.com) & Hibbard McGrath Gallery in Colorado, that sell for $2,500-4,500. Very interesting stuff!
She alters & collages her photos on her computer, then prints the images on heat-transfer paper, which she then irons onto broadcloth & bonds to a painter’s canvas, so she isn’t limited to the 8-1;2″ X 11″ fabric printer sheets. She completely covers the canvas with stitching, using a 30-year old sewing machine. It’s a technique she developed in the ’80s – she moves the fabric to control the direction & size of the stitches. It takes her 2-3 weeks to do a picture. She mounts them on archival foam core, and then on fabric-covered foam core, then she frames them.