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Debbie Grifka

Debbie Grifka
Debbie Grifka

Debbie Grifka


Fiber/Textiles

Walking into a fabric store as a child, I would run my hand over all the bolts of fabric as I passed them. That love of texture has never left me. Over time I have expressed that love as a garment maker, then a quilter, and now as a textile artist. I...Read More

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STATEMENT

Walking into a fabric store as a child, I would run my hand over all the bolts of fabric as I passed them. That love of texture has never left me. Over time I have expressed that love as a garment maker, then a quilter, and now as a textile artist. I'm never happier or more at peace than when I'm creating and stitching.

My current work explores the intersection of drama and serenity through the use of line. I'm fascinated by trying to find out how much I can distill and take away while continuing to convey the essence of my subject or idea.

I often work in black and white which further assists in keeping the focus on line. I love color, but removing it lets the viewer interact with my work without the distraction of the emotions that color can convey.

BIO

Debbie is an Ann Arbor, MI based textile artist, teacher and author whose work focuses on the power, elegance, and serenity of the line in a minimalist style with a limited color palette.

She grew up in Ann Arbor, always making things but never thinking of herself as creative or artistic. When Debbie started quilting in 2002 that began to change and she has embraced life as an artist over the past few years. Her spare style reflects her love of peace and quiet and time to think and dream.

EXHIBITIONS/SHOWS/COMMISSIONS

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021
Accepted, Artist as QuiltMaker, FAVA, Oberlin, OH

2020
Beyond The Festival of Quilts (virtual), Birmingham, England
Black and White, Northville Art House, Northville, MI
QuiltCon, Modern Quilt Guild, Austin, TX
Intertwined (virtual), Dayton Society of Artists, Dayton, OH

2019
QuiltCon special exhibit, Modern Quilt Guild, Nashville, TN
Ann Arbor Women Artists Board and Committee Show, Ann Arbor City Club, Ann Arbor, MI

2018
Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, Ann Arbor, MI
Quilting by the Lake (featured artist), Schweinfurth Art Center, Syracuse, NY
QuiltCon, Modern Quilt Guild, Pasadena, CA
Ann Arbor Women's Artists Spring Show, Ann Arbor, MI

2017
Holiday Art Sale, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Modern Quilt Showcase, Quilts Inc, Houston, TX
Mod Squad, Quilts Inc, Chicago, IL

2016
Holiday Art Exhibit, Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art, Lansing, MI
Art Off the Wall, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Black and White Exhibit, Riverside Arts Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI
American Quilter's Society, Grand Rapids, MI
Mod Squad, Quilts Inc, Chicago, IL
QuiltCon, Modern Quilt Guild, Pasadena, CA

EDUCATION

BBA, University of Michigan

AWARDS/DISTINCTIONS

2020 Winner, Modern Quilts, Beyond The Festival of Quilts (virtual), Birmingham, England
2018 First Place, Appliqué, QuiltCon, Modern Quilt Guild, Pasadena, CA
2015 Honorable Mention, Mid-Century Modern, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Palm Springs and Ontario, CA
2011 First Place, First Entry in AQS Show, Small Wall Quilts, American Quilter's Society, Paducah, KY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Author, Lines by Design Quilts, Fons and Porter, 2016

ARTIST'S TAGS

minimal, line, textile, black and white, serene, drama, abstract, texture