Carol Shinn is a studio artist who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is known internationally for photo-realistic machine-stitched images. She has taught many classes and workshops across the United States, and her pieces are in numerous public and private collections. Articles about her work have been featured in many publications. She is the author of Freestyle Machine Embroidery, which was released in May, 2009 by Interweave Press. (See Recommended Books) Carol has most recently been writing for www.TextileArtist.org and is included in their E-book Textiles: a response to landscape.
Jessica Hemmings wrote of Carol’s work, “[Her] embroideries are a study in the complex and minute details it is possible to render in thread. Often, a tension between the familiar and unfamiliar is apparent in the combination of image and content.”
Kate Bonansinga wrote, “Seen from afar, these works have the graphic boldness of representational painting characterized by strong contrasts paired with pleasing complements in color and form. Close inspection reveals the tactility of a surface created by a wash of cotton thread and tiny stitches that compose subtle variations in hue and also serve to convey intimate details. Her intention is to find beauty in the forms and surfaces of the physical world and convey this to the viewer.”
Her work Empty Hotel Room (2015) is shown at right (embroidery size—19”h x 14.25”w, framed 26”h x 21.25”w.).