Tulle Portraits by Benjamin Shine

British artist Benjamin Shine is a painter who uses a very unusual material for his portraiture works, namely the tulle. Yes, the same tulle used in making little girls’ tutus. The outcome is mesmerising and like nothing you’ve ever seen.

The idea of ‘painting with fabric’ led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilise the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.