Deb Berkebile has an extensive background in textiles and quilt making. Recently, she has been exploring surface design and multi-media artwork. Her artwork has been nationally exhibited in several recent shows: The Lion King: Cherrywood Fabrics Challenge, where she was one of the finalists selected by Disney Theatrical Group to have work exhibited at Minskoff Theatre in New York City; her quilts “Galileo Inspiration” and “Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong’s First Step on the Moon” are part of the exhibit Fly Me to the Moon, and she was invited by NASA and NASA ISS Communication representative Gordon Andrews to exhibit a quilt in the show Space for Art at NASA Space Center Houston; and the prestigious Quilts=Art=Quilts: 35th QAQ Exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. Additionally, she’ll be showing work in the Herstory traveling exhibit later this year.
“I am a naturalist and environmentalist at heart. My current body of work explores satellite imagery and creating false color artistic depictions of remote sensed satellite images. The vivid colors and their outstanding variations are what first drew me to these representations. I also use other remote sensed imagery taken from our National Parks for my art. My first quilt in this series was inspired by a thermal image of an eruption of the Old Faithful geyser taken in Yellowstone National Park.
“I am also interested in political activism. I am preparing a series of works to be considered for a juried show about civil rights. My pieces feature quilts celebrating the contributions of Martin Luther King, Sitting Bull and the Suffragettes.
“I create many of the fabrics I use in my design process. I use surface design techniques, hand-dyeing and painted fabric, and digital manipulation of images printed on fabric. I enjoy the challenges of creating original artwork that combines my passions and interests.” – Deb Berkebile