Debra Dolsberry

Debra Dolsberry

DEBRA DOLSBERRY, fiber arts
2018/19 Artist in Residence


Debra Dolsberry discovered silk painting in 1997 and has been watching dye flow on silk ever since. Silk painting lets her create fabric patterns for a truly unique look when applied to her bias cut blouses, dresses, and jackets. She places the motif so that it dances across the body, transforming the wearer, lightening her mood and freeing her spirit. In creating her clothing and wall art, she starts with white silks of varying weights and textures from gauzy chiffons, mid-weight satins and jacquards to heavy crepe de chine. She makes the fabric sing by brushing dye onto the silk and using water based resist, starch, dye thickeners or a dry brush technique to delineate her motifs. Salt, alcohol, and sprayed water create texture. Debra’s motifs are primarily botanical and geometric, though she also paints plein air landscapes. She uses her hand painted silk to construct bias cut garments with no side seams using sergers, traditional sewing machines, and hand sewn finishes. She also combines multiple plein air pieces into stunning garments. For the last 10 years, Debra has been conducting beginning and intermediate silk painting workshops.

 

ABOUT DEBRA
Debra was born in the midwest in the mid-fifties and moved to California after receiving degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science at Kansas State University. She wrote software and edited computer science texts. In the late 1990's, she discovered silk painting while being the mommy helper for a Montessori class Mother's Day project and has been making dye run on silk ever since. Sewing since her teens, she was able to apply her hobby of silk painting to create unique looks when applied to her garment designs. Later in life she started her more serious pursuit of an art career by taking classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, metalwork, and pottery. This term she is making use of her residency to take classes across the full range of offerings at the art center.


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