Colors, textures, nature… These are just a few of the things that Debrah Block Krol loves. We were lucky enough to take a peek into the life of this amazing fabric artist and learn about the beautiful wearable art that she creates.
How did you get into creating wearable art?
With my training in painting and love of sewing and embroidery, combining textiles and paint was just a natural progression. I use the finest silks and softest hand painted wool for my felting work and each piece comes out unique and one of a kind. I truly love what I do, and I hope you will too!
Where do you find your inspiration for your beautiful painted scarves?
I have always loved color; it’s my driving force. I have a painting background and have loved playing with colors since I started! It is a totally different effect painting on fabric as opposed to painting on a canvas, but it is still amazing. Nature really inspires me also; there are so many strange flowers and unusual plants. Nature is the greatest designer. There is literally inspiration everywhere- in science, art, music, life… all you have to do is translate that inspiration into functional objects of beauty.
Tell us about the process you use – selecting materials, planning colors … do you sketch or have an inspiration piece you start from?
First, I see an idea in my head, then I gradually make it come to life. I never sketch; I just go straight to the silk. I have created several different collections; abstract flowers, watercolors, zen… It is the best feeling to see a design in my head and than be able to see the results on silk. You never know how an idea is going to come out, every element is a chance and it is wonderful and liberating. I always go with my gut.
We love that your pieces are wearable art. How does this translate to your personal style?
I love to wear jewelry by other artists because they are beautiful and I love to support them. My style shows that I am an individual I mean that’s the point of dressing… it is all just a costume of who you are going to be that day.
You have a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in painting. Tell us what type of art or artists really speak to you.
I am really drawn to the modern feel. I love artists like Picasso, Monet, Cezanne and Matisse.
How does OttLite help you with your work?
I LOVE OttLite… I have five! They are seriously the best lights ever. I use them for both my crafting and photography.
What is your favorite material to work with?
Silk, of course! I also really love to knit and embroider. Currently, I am focusing on silk with paint and dyes. The thing that I am missing is the 3D feel that I get with knitting and felting. Textures are my favorite and I don’t get that with flat silk.
Where is your favorite place to paint and create?
I have a studio in my garage. I have been really creative with the space and I like to use my plumbing pipes to hang my silks. I may be next to a lawn mower, but it is my space and I love it. My kids have even grown to calling it my “lab”. When I am in there, I am in my zone and rhythm.
Where can someone get more information about your designs?
They can visit my website
, and I am also on Twitter
I am also now teaching silk painting classes in my studio.
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