Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the quilt medium. She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Surface Design Association and Art Quilt Network. Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials. Deborah has been a professional educator for over 30 years. Besides teaching at risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums such as QSDS, Quilting by the Lake, Front Range Contemporary Quilters and community college, and continuing education. Deborah obtained a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University. In 2010 Deborah was asked to assist the host of CBS’s television show, Extreme Home Makeover, in creating the art piece for the master bedroom project for the new house build in the east central Illinois area. The fall of 2011 Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California. In 2012 Deborah started teaching art quilt related courses at the University of Illinois through OLLI program. The winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio featured Deborah’s work on the front cover. In 2013 Deborah completed an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Nantucket School of Design and the Arts in the summer of 2016, and at the Vermont Studio Center in the fall of 2017. Deborah was a featured artist for the January 2017 Patchwork Professional in German, featuring an architectural series focusing on German architectural elements. Art exhibit openings in South Africa in 2014, Holland in 2015, and France and Cape Town in 2017, continue to strengthen Deborah’s art visibility at the international level.
Workshop: Creating the Illusion of Depth in Art Quilts
Are you intrigued when you look at an art quilt and it takes you into its layers and depth? This technique workshop can teach you the skills necessary to add this component to your work. Using mixed media materials, the collage technique, a limited color palette and fabric, students will be taught techniques to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional plane; in our case, a quilt. Mixed media materials such as paint, paper, found objects and gel medium will be used to create common elements in small design studies. Each day opens with a presentation and demonstrations using mixed media materials and strategies. While adhering to the principles of design, students will create small studies using these techniques. Specifically, overlapping, placement, size, value, and focus, will be areas of concentration using the collage approach. Students will walk away with more skills to create the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional plane. This mixed media play workshop will allow you to step gently out of your comfort zone in a collaborative and supportive environment.