Deborah Collum explores colour and texture using a range of materials and techniques. While the exact method varies from piece to piece, she often begins with a collage of fabrics, dyed, painted or printed, machine-stitching them together before over-sewing with layers of hand embroidery and other embellishments such as beads, buttons and foils.
Deborah lives and works in a village near Stratford-upon-Avon and a strand of her recent work has been based on observations of the changing rural landscape from the viewpoint of her hillside garden. ‘I am convinced that in its quiet way Warwickshire is one of the most beautiful areas of Britain,’ she says, ‘As well as being home of course. The colours and textures of the fields and trees change daily and form a much loved and compelling tapestry.’