Deb Crine - Bio/Artist Statement

I am a textile artist and for the last 15 years I have focused on exploring fiber arts.

In 2001 I took my first quilting class and was hooked from the start.  It is hard to

say what I loved best. I enjoyed piecing, appliquéing and the versatility that

working with fiber offered.  I signed up for every workshop I could and soon began

to develop my own style and became more interested in art quilting. 

As I began to explore art quilting I decided to incorporate my love of painting into my designs. Painting on fabric was different than anything I had ever done and I enjoyed the challenge. I began using textile paints, which allowed me to create some beautiful pieces, but it wasn’t until I discovered silk dye painting that I was truly satisfied. 

Painting on silk was unlike anything I had ever done. The vibrancy of colors and transparency was so much greater than anything I could achieve on cotton.  I continue to explore different varieties of silk and many techniques. Some of my paintings are quilted, others remain silk paintings or scarves. My favorite subjects include nature and animal designs with a strong visual impact being the primary goal.

My work has been published in national magazines and books. My work has been displayed at art galleries, national and international quilt exhibits and the National Quilt Museum. I have won a many awards over the years in both national, international and local shows. 

Silk Painting Process 

All my silk paintings begin with a piece of white Habotia silk. My work is based on original designs and/or designs from photographs. I first create a pattern on paper and then transfer that design to the silk by hand. The silk is stretched and then hand painted with steam-set dyes. Once the painting is complete it is steamed for up to three hours. This process makes the dyes permanent. The painting is then thoroughly rinsed and ironed. At this point it can either be mounted on canvas or in many cases quilted.

Deb Crine - Fine Art