Deborah Weir, Palos Verdes, California


Though entirely contemporary, my artwork references traditional “women’s work.” I use a needle and traditional materials plus edgier ones: Tyvek, metals and upcycled household plastics. My work is detailed, often with detailed, reflective surfaces.

I love the process of making, but my work is always idea driven. I work in series so that I can pursue themes such as the 40,000-15,000 year-old cave paintings of Europe and Australia. Pomegranates, which represent fecundity and come in the most amazing colors, are another. Industrial detritus: rusty metal, bits of plastics and random “junk” sparkle and seduce when repurposed into art and comprise yet another. Language, including early human mark-making, is an ever-present theme.

I continue to probe the nature of our planet. My series Fierce Winds explores the excitement and terror of searing winds which have been exacerbated by sudden climate change. Recently, I began to consider aspects of water: its beauty, scarcity and impact, how the constant quest for usable water controls the lives of countless people. Haida Waters comes from this series. Additionally, I’ve done work about the Garbage Patches (gyres) in our oceans. The objective of my artwork is to awaken the mind of the viewer by means of visual seduction.

Propulsion - Deborah Weir


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Dimensions: 115 x 75cm (H x W)
Statement:I have been sublimation dyeing synthetics and then forming them into permanent shapes.  I designed the fabric from scratch specifically so provide a ground for the 3D elements.
Exhibitions: Featured Artist The Weaving and Out of Darkness Pacific Northwest Museum of Quilts and Textiles

After the 6th Extinction

After the 6th Extinction

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Dimensions: 160 x 40 x 20cm (H x W)
Statement: This 3D piece is based on a rippled needle lace I created and then felt deserved MORE. Well, now it’s definitely got more!!
Exhibitions: Out of Darkness” Pacific Northwest Museum of Quilts and Textiles



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Dimensions: 100 x 82cm (H x W)
Statement: When on the island of Murano I came upon this rusty fence. I Photoshopped a portion of it had it printed and then stitched to get the effect I desired.
Exhibitions: Out of Darkness Pacific Northwest Museum of Quilts and Textiles