British artist Benjamin Shine uses giant sheets of tulle fabric and a hot iron to create expressive textured portraits that range from iconic figures like Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor to an astonishingly detailed rendering of a pair of elderly hands. Delicate swathes of tulle appear to miraculously coalesce into bewitchingly beautiful faces as though they were oracles taking shape within fragile clouds of smoke.

Shine says, “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 utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.”

Visit Benjamin Shine’s website to check out more of his enchanting tulle portraits.

[via My Modern Metropolis]