Lecture: The Impact of Technology in Quilting
by Deborah Fell
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
LectureFrom the Industrial Revolution to the invention of the Square, this lecture focuses on the impact of technology on quilting and quilting industry.
Artist BiographyDeborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the quilt medium. She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Surface Design Association (SDA) and Art Quilt Network (AQN). Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials. She has been a professional educator for over 30 years. Besides teaching at-high-risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums such as QSDS, Quilting by the Lake, Front Range Contemporary Quilters, community college and continuing education. Deborah obtained a Master’s 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 was 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 featured Deborah’s work on the front cover. In 2013 Deborah completed an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Nantucket School of Design and the Arts in the summer of 2016. Deborah did an artist residency in Vermont in the fall of 2017 and was the featured artist for the January 2017 Patchwork Professional in Germany, which featured an architectural series focusing on German architectural elements. Art exhibit openings, South Africa in 2014, Holland in 2015, both France and Cape Town in 2017, continue to strengthen Deborah’s art visibility at the international level.