kristin loffer theiss-art

Drawing in thread is one of my current interests. I make all of the images for my klt:works products by using this method. I also have an on going series of "thread heads" - 3 are pictured. Here is a little video of an example of the drawing with thread process.

Thread Drawing from elSage on Vimeo.

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
MFA, Fine Art, 1996

Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
BA, Fine Art, Painting & Drawing, 1993

In the last 12 years my work has dealt with human behavior, societal labels, along with traditional notions of beauty and ugliness. I am fascinated with how people are perceived and why they are so often put into boxes. As a result, my tendency is to create work that confines characters in small spaces. I also gravitate towards characters that are not defined as beautiful in the traditional sense. Unlike standard portraiture where flaws are downplayed, I focus on flaws as being the most intriguing part of the person. I would rather celebrate imperfection! Even though it is important for me to capture a unique quality in an individual object, I am also just as interested in the relationships created by groupings. It is interesting to see how they each relate to one another, or don’t in some cases.

Always up for a challenge and taking risks, I never limit myself to one specific medium. I love to experiment and to push materials in ways that they weren’t normally intended. I consider my art a process and a way for me to gain insight and to comment on my unique observations.

Recent Works:
Thread Heads:
These drawings come from the fact that I am always searching for a challenge and a new way to draw. Being enamored by blind contour drawings and methods of drawing and painting that take away my control, I turned to the sewing machine. I thought it might be interesting to see what would happen if I started drawing people from my imagination straight onto canvas by using the sewing machine as my drawing tool and one continuous motion. These drawings are not sketched out first and they embrace artistic chance.

Portfolio Sample:

"Thread Heads" 2006- Present
Thread on Canvas- 5"x7"

“Screen Test” 2004
Linoleum Prints on Vintage Clothing Patterns
(20) – 8.5” x 5.5” prints

“Funky Chicken” 2003
Watercolor & Tea
9.5” x 12”

“Cells” 2002
Ceramic, Collage, Electric Light
(6) 5.5”x 3.25” x 2.5”

“Empty Faces at Columbus Circle Installation” 1996-2001
Paper Pulp, Wire, Collage
(28) Various sizes: average -11”x 8” x 8”

“Waxaphone Composition” 1999
Bee’s wax, wire, latex, vellum, collage
22” x 36” x 25”
(6)- various sizes: average-7”x 6”x 22”

Bibliophile Series: 2016
Ink, Thread, Vintage Books

Artist resume and additional information upon request.