Debra Smith

Region: Midwest

Within my work I attempt to break all stereotypes associated with textiles, from ideas of craft to that of “women’s work.” Though I am not a poet or someone who draws, I feel that my use of vintage textiles as a medium brings a history, a weight, a poetry to the work even before I begin to cut, sew, and piece the material back together. Through meticulous construction I infuse the work with air, movement, and depth. Expressing an emotion or a moment in time, I find the end result similar to drawing, poetry, and painting.