Deborah Schwartzman was introduced to quilting in 1975, when she attended a workshop on teaching patchwork to children, while working as an elementary school teacher. The geometry of quilt making, the fascination of “intersecting possibilities,” appealed to her. Many years later, it still does. She is intrigued by the interplay of shapes, lines, colors, textures and stitches; she is a passionate collector of fabric.
Self-taught, Deborah’s early quilts were full sized and functional. Later she began to use the quilt as a medium for contemporary self-expression: she discovered the diversity and spontaneity inherent in a smaller format. Representational images of nature are the theme she has chosen to explore, enhanced by embellishment, machine and hand quilting, and embroidery.
As she grew as an artist, and in building a community of fellow enthusiasts in 1999, Deborah became the coordinator of ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick. Originally an invitational exhibit, the show, now a biennial, has changed names and venues. Now ArtQuilt Elements is hosted in the magnificent galleries at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pa is currently showing its 9th exhibition.
Deborah’s quilts have traveled to exhibits throughout the United States and Europe, and have been installed in galleries, private collections, and institutions. Her work has been often published in Quilters Newsletter and American Quilter as well as local media. She has taught quilting locally and lectures to quilt guilds in the tri state area. Deborah is married and the mother of two: Rachel and Daniel, and grandmother of Mila.