Debra Koesters

Debra Koesters

USA

www.feltersforte.com

@feltersforte

Instagram: @dkoesters555

 

Artwork 1 

Circle of Life

The whole earth and all its inhabitants have been shadowed by the pandemic, with all lives threatened and many lives ended. We seek a cure, we seek the light. The circle of life, as demonstrated in this tapestry, is composed of beginnings, endings, rebirth —-and the connections between these spheres. I have tied these separate states of being into three, with color informing each. Throughout the piece, a crack forms.  We are born into the glow represented by the yellow figures. Here we absorb the experience of being in this life, interconnected to others and to the planet where we live. We share our triumphs and our troubles, and seek the community that supports us and celebrates us. The green figures represent those who are moving into the “afterworld”. Their departure signals their death to this earthly domain, and entrance into the next, allowing them to reconnect with those who left before. Their memories enrich those who are still in the “living” world. The figures dance and spiral and fly on a field of blue, representing the positivity, faith, and tranquility we must embrace as we seek to find the light, which breaks through the terrifying  zig-zagging crack. The crack —it alludes to fracture and dismantling and rupture. Yet is through the crack that we find ourselves reborn. From its depths, we reemerge, rebound, and reconnect. 

Materials and Techniques

Finn and merino wool, silk, viscose, hand-dyed sil, Wet, nuno and needle felted

Artwork size in CM: Width…76.2… Lengt…101.6    Depth…2.5

 

Artwork 2 

Humankind

Humankind needs to reconnect in any way we can.  Here the bodies are trying to become whole again and reconnect their own bodies into a whole person in order to start the reconnection of the world and represent all of humankind

Materials and Techniques

Finn and merino wool, silk, viscose, hand-dyed silk…….Wet, nuno and needle felted….Wire.

Artwork size in CM: Width.. Average 23.. Length…Average  47.. Depth… Average 20


Kaleidoscope | Online Exhibition 2020
Welcome to the first online exhibition of the International Feltmakers Association.

This selected exhibition is made up of an eclectic mix of work by IFA members selected by a panel of judges who are experts in their respective felt specialisms.

The exhibition is a positive outcome of COVID 19 and many of the works have been created by the artists at home during the global lockdown.

The theme of Kaleidoscope was chosen as it can be interpreted in an endless number of ways, through colour, texture, shape and form, as our members have shown us with their unique styles and creative interpretations.

To view each artist, please click on the image below and you will be taken to the artist’s page. There are 58 artists to see so please scroll along at the bottom of this page to see them all.

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