Portraits Made With A Single Unbroken Black Thread Wrapped Around Nails.

above: Constellation Steffan, Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread

above: Constellation Mana (detail), 2011

Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita, who now lives and works in New York, has been featured on several design sites for her amazing Origami Light and Shadow project (shown below) in which Japanese paper and creased and mounted on the wall to give off a shadow that emulates a human face profile.

above: Kumi Yamashita, Origami, Light and Shadow

Lesser known, but equally as impressive, is her ongoing Constellation series: portraits made by winding a single UNBROKEN black thread around nails hammered into a board to create the uncanny likeness of a face.

Constellation – Erik:, 2007, H46, W36, D3cm, Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread

Constellation Mana, 2011, H40, W30, D3cm, Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread:

Constellation – Cy, 2011, H46, W36, D2cm, Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread (Private collection):

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See more of her work here at her website.

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