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Debra Smith

Debra Smith's fabric collages are like snippets of contemporary quilts. She recycles fabrics, such as the silk linings of antique Japanese kimonos used to make much of her current body of work. The silks are different shades of neutral and lend a quiet, contemplative mood to much of Debra's work. In some collages, Debra uses vibrant vintage fabric to contrast with the understated feel of the silk. Debra has a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she was a fiber major. She also studied at the Italian Academy of Fashion and Design in Florence and has an Associate Degree in Applied Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Since 1999, Debra's work has been shown in numerous exhibition spaces, such as Dolphin Gallery and Pearl Gallery in Kansas City and the Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to making artwork, Debra owns Sakiori, a textile company based in Kansas City, which she established in 1993. She formerly worked for Asiatica, an internationally recognized clothing and accessory business, which specializes in the reconstruction of antique kimono fabrics into contemporary high-end garments.

 

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IN MEMORY OF YOU #1
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 13

IN MEMORY OF YOU #2
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 13

IN MEMORY OF YOU #3
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 13


IN MEMORY OF YOU #4
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 13

IN MEMORY OF YOU #5
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 13

IN MEMORY OF YOU #6
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 13


IN MEMORY OF YOU #7
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 13

IN MEMORY OF YOU #8
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 13

SHIFTING BALANCE #2
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 36 x 48


SHIFTING BALANCE #3
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 38 x 48

TALKING STORIES:MONOCHROME #2
Media: Woodgrain taffeta and pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 24 x 17

TALKING STORIES:MONOCHROME #1
Media: Woodgrain taffeta and pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 24 x 17


RED STUDY SERIES #2
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 15

RED STUDY SERIES #1
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 18 x 15

TRYING TO REMEMBER
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 19 x 19


MEMORY TRACE REVISITED #1 
Media: Pieced vintage silk, ticking fabric
Dimensions: 30 x 48

MEMORY TRACE REVISITED #2 
Media: Pieced vintage silk, ticking fabric
Dimensions: 30 x 48

RED HORIZONTAL #1
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 25 x 33


LARGE RED STUDY #1
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 24 x 18

LARGE RED STUDY #4
Media: Pieced vintage silk, ticking fabric
Dimensions: 24 x 18

MEMORY TRACE 2
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10


MEMORY TRACE 5
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

MEMORY TRACE 6
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

MEMORY TRACE 8
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10


MEMORY TRACE 9
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

MEMORY TRACE 11
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

MEMORY TRACE 13
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10


MEMORY TRACE 15
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

MEMORY TRACE 16
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

MEMORY TRACE 17
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10


MEMORY TRACE 18
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

MEMORY TRACE 20
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

MEMORY TRACE 23
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10


MEMORY TRACE 25
Media: Pieced vintage silk
Dimensions: 10 x 10

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