Debra Calkins

Whidbey Island, WA USA

I began my textile journey 30 years ago, like many women, quilting squares of fabric together. Yet with each stitch, I longed for a more authentic way to express my experiences as a woman. Within a short time I abandoned traditional quilt patterns and sought my own subversive shapes and forms.

A textile scholarship led me further on the path of discovery, enabling me to break free and create mixed media pieces that captured the inspiring beauty of nature while other pieces highlighted the terror of war, hunger and violence against women.

I have followed these criss-crossing paths of beauty and pain throughout my artistic career, seeking to document “The Long Walk Home” that every woman travels in her life. If art captures meaning, then it is my hope that with each stitch my art shares an awareness about truths that needs to be told. //