About Deborah Fell

Artist Statement

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I am an artist and my medium is quilting. Materials include cloth, paint, repurposed found objects and stitching.  Layering, organic mark-making and line are prominent elements in my work.  I allow myself to listen to the art.  I follow where it takes me and the process of creating continues to teach me to be honest and to have the courage to keep moving forward.

Artist Biography/Resume 

Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium.  She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and ArtQuilt Network.  Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials.  Deborah has been a professional educator for over 30 years.  Besides teaching at-risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums, community college and continuing education.  Deborah obtained a Masters degree from Northern Illinois University as well as graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University.  In 2010 Deborah was asked to assist the host of CBS’s television show, Extreme Home Makeover, in creating the art piece for the master bedroom project for the new house build in the east central Illinois area. The fall of 2011 Deborah received an artist-in-residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California.  In 2012 Deborah started teaching art quilt related courses at the University of Illinois through OLLI program. The winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio features Deborah’s work on the front cover.  In 2013 Deborah completed an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois Figure One Gallery in Champaign, Illinois.  Art exhibit openings in South Africa in 2014, Holland in 2015, and France in 2016, continue to strengthen Deborah’s art visibility at the international level.