Medium: Felt Art, Fiber Art, Mixed Media, Silk, Textile, and Wearable Art
Debra Hosler has been working with fiber and textiles since her childhood in Michigan where she learned a wide variety of needlework skills and other artistic media through the activities of her mother and grandmother. Her background in sewing led to a love for quilting, which she pursued for many years as she created art quilts and studied surface design and mixed media techniques. She eventually moved from quilting flat surfaces to the exploration of three-dimensional forms, and began to design and construct stitched fabric vessels. Debra uses both commercial fabrics and her own hand dyed cottons and silks to create these pieces; each one is unique.
In 2006 Debra traveled to Finland to assist with the production of a group show held in conjunction with a fiber symposium there. She was invited to attend a class where she learned several basic wet felting techniques. She found working with wool intriguing, and several years later, when she learned needle felting techniques as well, she realized the possibility of using wool to create imagery that could be framed for the wall. She began to use dyed wool fibers and yarns to “paint” with wool. She also uses her felting and fabric dyeing skills to create wearable art accessories such as scarves, hats, and handbags.
Debra is an active member of High Hand Art Gallery in Loomis, CA, where she maintains a studio as an Artist in Residence. She offers classes in various fiber arts and mixed media techniques. Her work is regularly available at HHAG and at the Art League of Lincoln gift shop in Lincoln, CA.
Galleries & Affiliations: Art League of Lincoln and High Hand Gallery
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