Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium. She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Surface Design Association, and ArtQuilt Network. Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric. 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, community college and continuing education. Deborah obtained a Masters degree from Northern Illinois University along with graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University. In the fall of 2011 Deborah received an artist-in-residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California. Starting in 2012 Deborah will be teaching at the University of Illinois through the OLLI program. The winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio features Deborah’s work on the front cover.
I am a painter and my medium is quilting. My tools include:
natural fabrics; fiber reactive dyes; textile paints; stitching;
found objects. I create dimension and movement using color and line.
I am an artist because I believe art makes a difference in our world;
it is a gift we give ourselves and it is a celebration of our very souls.