ARTIST’S STATEMENT: I love working with fibers and fabric. Exploring how colors, textures, surface design and construction techniques all come together is exciting for me. I like to be fairly spontaneous in creating my work, so much of the time a piece evolves as I go. Experimentation is a necessary part of developing my work, as I ask the question, “What if I tried this…?”
BIO: Debra Hosler is a Rocklin artist who has been working with fiber and textiles since childhood, when she learned a variety of needlework skills and other artistic media through the activities of her mother and grandmother. Debra created art quilts for many years, which led her to explore surface design and mixed media techniques. She then moved to the exploration of three-dimensional forms, designing and constructing stitched fabric vessels, using commercial or her own hand dyed fabrics. Each piece is unique.
In 2006 Debra traveled to Finland to help produce an art quilt show held in conjunction with a fiber symposium. She attended a class that covered wet felting techniques, and several years later she learned needle felting techniques as well. She now uses dyed wool fibers and yarns to “paint” imagery that is framed for the wall. She also uses her felting and fabric dyeing skills to create accessories such as scarves, bags, and hats.