Artist Fills The Room With Rainbows By Simply Using Miles Of Thread

What sorcery is this?

Somewhere over the rainbow is much closer than you think.

Especially if you have the possibility to explore Gabriel Dawe's artworks. Gabriel is a Dallas-based mixed media artist whose site-specific installations mimic the natural phenomenon of rainbows.

To create his mesmerizing indoor visuals, Gabriel doesn't rely on the meteorologic conditions that are crucial for a rainbow to appear in real life. Instead, he uses a material fairly known to each of us - sewing thread. He fills the room with miles of colorful yarn stretched out in various angles and cutting the space like delicate laser beams.


Originally from Mexico, Gabriel says he's been surrounded by the intensity and color from an early age. After pursuing his career as a graphic designer for some time, Dawe moved to Canada in 2000 and started experimenting with art. Eventually, he became interested in textiles and embroidery.

His first attempt was to create artworks that would explore the overlap between fashion and architecture. Gabriel decided to build architectural structures made out of the main component of clothing, sewing thread. After some experiments in his studio, he started installing large-scale artworks in galleries, museums, and libraries.

Despite being mathematically calculated and carefully arranged, Gabriel's works carry a sense of carefreeness and transience. When exposed to some natural light, these gradient curtains fill the space with even more magic and peacefulness. Even the process is a bit like meditation.

"While I'm installing, I'm literally dealing with thousands of threads, so I need to keep my concentration on where I am within my counting system. The whole process is very Zen, or like active meditation," Dawe said in an interview.

The below example of Plexus no. 9 uses 5,000 meters of each color which adds up to a total of 60 kilometers or about 37 miles, says Gabriel. He uses a regular 100 percent polyester sewing thread which already comes in a variety of colors so he doesn't need to do any dyeing.

Follow Gabriel Dawe's work on his website or Facebook page. (All images courtesy of the artist: Gabriel Dawe)

To find out more about similar three-dimensional artworks, read the article These Geometric Paintings Will Change The Way You See Art Forever on Felice Varini's anamorphic creations.

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