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The Fabric Museum

Featured Artist: Debra Olin
Through her art, Debra Olin examines personal fears, moral struggles, and issues concerning identity.  Working in either canvas or muslin, she first cuts out a pattern and then prints the pieces as monotypes.  Later they are sewn or glued together.

“My grandfather was a tailor and I'm sure that this is where my love of fabric comes from.  However, unlike Papa Benny, I am not interested in making functional clothing.  I use garments as a metaphor for the body.  The coat becomes a thick hide, a shelter, a vantage point from which to safely view the world and one's relationship to it.”

She received her M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art., and has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. Her work is in many private and public collections including The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

click to enlarge Can I Be Myself?

48" x 32" x 7"
monotype on canvas

A Memory for Miracles

46" x 44" x 3"
monotype on muslin

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click to enlarge On the Other Hand

48" x 46" x 4"
monotype on canvas

The Daily Reminder

34" x 48" x 8"
monotype construction

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Artists who use fabric as their primary medium are invited to submit 4 photos of their work, plus a bio and brief statement
(up to 150 words) for consideration as a Featured Artist.

For further information, or to submit material, contact Michele Palmer at: mpalmer@fabricmuseum.org