Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Collaging History: Debbie Musick

by Katlyn Roberts, OVAC Intern
Debbie Musick, Women of the West Book Cover, Mixed Media
A self-taught artist, Debbie Musick of Yukon has created a style of work that in her words is meant to “explore the layers of everyday life in the American West, past and present, in a tapestry of disparate threads, laughter shared, and stories remembered.” She adds meaningful images, artifacts, and hand rendered text onto textiles to create interesting, textural, mixed media works of art. 
Debbie Musick, Women of the West Book Cover 
[Detail: My grandmother's antique watch, once a carnival prize, 
on a layer of bed ticking, canvas and frayed edges of vintage fabric]
Musick received an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Education Grant to travel to the North Texas Collage Conference to attend workshops by K. C. Willis, who has been her long-time role model. This workshop will include lectures, hand-on techniques, and business information about fiber arts and collage.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition invests in artists’ project through grants for growing careers, creative projects and exceptional continuing education. The next application deadline is January 15. Find guidelines and application here

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