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The Artist Who Creates Portraits With a Clothing Iron

See a face in that tulle? It’s not just you.

Ironing has never been so cool. Benjamin Shine, an artist who splits his time between London and Sydney, has become a pioneer in what he calls “painting fabric”—using irons to create portraits in cloth.

As a member of a family of garment manufacturers and a one-time employee of a fashion company, Shine has long seen the art in clothing materials. But he decided to capture that beauty in a nontraditional way: rather than designing clothes for people, he decided to design the people into the clothes.

One of his most famous works, The Dance, is made from 2,000 meters—or 1.2 miles—of tulle.

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