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Realistic embroidered portraits by American artist Cayce Zavaglia

Cayce Zavaglia is a St. Louis, Missouri-based artist, originally trained as a painter, who has found in the embroidery her main medium to create magnificent realistic textile portraits. Her work is so perfect that you can easily assume you’re seeing an actual painting (made with ink) from a certain distance.

“My work focuses exclusively on the portraits of friends, family, and fellow artists. (…) Over the years, I have developed a sewing technique that allows me to blend colors and establish tonalities that resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting. The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way brush marks are layered within a painting which, in turn, allows for the allusion of depth, volume, and form.” – Cayce Zavaglia.

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