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Fiber Arts Department

Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell

Instructor: Deborah Fell
June 19–21, 2020 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this class has been cancelled.


Our world moves very fast. This retreat-like workshop focuses on slowing down and relishing in process rather than product. Supplies needed are minimal and no machine is necessary. Small compositions will be created with an emphasis on how to use these designs to jumpstart new work. So, grab a bag of fabric scraps and your favorite hand sewing tools, and jump on board. This is not a technique workshop where you learn how to hand stitch. The focus is on using the stitch line as mark making on cloth. The stitch marks are the brush strokes that make the composition complete. The Gee’s Bend Quilters, along with Boro and Kantha stitching practices will be examined. Students will explore personal mark making preferences, with the power of parallel play in groups. Each day opens with a design presentation.


DEBORAH FELL is a full-time studio artist committed to the quilt medium. She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and Art Quilt Network. Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing fabric, photography, and hand stitching 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, she 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 2003 Deborah was in Quilt National and in Visions in 2018. 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 Art 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. Deborah completed an artist residency in Vermont in the fall of 2017. She was the featured artist for the January 2017 Patchwork Professional in Germany, which featured 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. Deborah’s art quilt in Visions 2018 won the Quilts Japan Prize. In 2019, Deborah filmed four segments for the PBS show, Quilting Arts TV.

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Current MAC Members: $324
Non-members: $360 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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