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Debbie Grifka


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My son's college dorm was a beautiful stone building built in 1931. I took a picture of the side of the building the day we dropped him off. At the time, I assumed there was a pattern to the stonework and it might be interesting to play with. However, there is no pattern. Each piece of stone was individually placed. It was a joy to pay homage to the unknown stone mason by translating his work into fabric. Surrounding the stonework with space shows that his work will continue to exist through time.

40"H × 40"W × 0.25"D
Wall Hangings
Cotton fabric, batting, thread


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.

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