What Media do you work in?
I work with Fiber, combining fabric, paint and mixed media techniques to create realistic work from photos. I also do mixed media collage, incorporating vintage papers, photos and ephemera.
What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
My use of color and combining unusual found and vintage objects to create a new experience.
What is one tool or supply you couldn’t live without?
The tool I couldn’t live without would have to be the internet. I do a lot of research about my subject before and during the creation process, what did we do before google? Supplies would have to be my collection of vintage letters, photos and trinkets, I have been collecting vintage stuff for years and love bringing it back as something new.
How has your work changed over time?
I started out as a traditional quilter, hand-quilting everything- 10 stitches per inch. Classic blocks, with perfect points and 1/4″ seams. I worked for the “Kirk Collection” when I began quilting, its there that I also fell in love with vintage fabric and notions. After moving to Michigan I started dyeing fabric in my kitchen in zip lock baggies and getting away from the traditional quilt world, making up my own rules as I go along.
What is your creative process?
I spend the first 5 months worrying about and changing my mind on what I’m going to do, then the last month I actually work on the piece. I work both structured and free style. It just depends on my mood and the project. My fiber work is more realistic and structured then the mixed media. All my work does have a common component, I make a huge mess when I am working on it.
Where do you create? Describe your design area, and what you like the most about it?
I have about 1200 sq ft of unfinished basement to create in, I thought I wanted a “pretty studio” but now after taking up painting again, I really like the freedom of not having to worry about getting paint on anything. I have separated it into areas, sewing, painting and a sitting area for research and chillin.
What do you do when you get stuck and the creativity isn’t there?
I have found that just spending time in my studio, cleaning, organizing and finding treasures I forgot I had , usually gets the creative juices flowing. Also spending time in nature, my husband just got a motorcycle and I love riding and just seeing new places and being outdoors, there is just so much beauty in nature, and it really inspires me.
What is your desired color palette? Why?
I love it all, depends on my mood and what I am working on.
Do you work on single or multiple projects at one time?
I always have multiple things to work on, my fabric pieces usually take a lot longer because of the detail, so having some smaller projects that I can see the end product, breaks up the monotony. I have a short (squirrel)!!! attention span.
What if any Art Organizations do you belong to?
I belong to Midwest Fiber Art Alliance (MFAA) this group is focused on exhibition opportunities. I also belong to Studio Art Quilt Associates, which is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them.
How can we get a hold of you?
facebook as Debi Blackmer Kibbee