Instead of painting with paint, British artist Benjamin Shine creates his portraits with tulle — you know, that netting fabric that you see on various gowns or tutus. Shine takes a single piece of tulle and proceeds to pleat, iron, and manipulate it into these hauntingly realistic portraits full of light, shadow, and dimension.

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Elizabeth Taylor (first image also)

The three-dimensional pieces show unbelievable likeness to the person they are meant to portray, despite the use of such a raw textile.

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Elizabeth Taylor

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Andy Warhol

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While not a portrait per se, the “Hands of Time” installation is made from over 50 meters (approx. 164 feet) of tulle. The detail created is unreal!

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Hands of Time – in process

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Hands of Time – close up

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Hands of Time – detail

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Hands of Time – side view

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Sheikah

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Sheikah – in process

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Mrs. Foster

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Giusi

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Chloe

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John