Debra Smith was raised in Hannibal, Missouri and currently works and resides in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A in textiles and later received an Associates Degree in Applied Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She recently returned to the Midwest after living for almost a decade in Brooklyn, New York.
I am not a poet or someone who draws, but I feel that my use of vintage textiles as a medium brings a history, a weight, and a poetry to the work before I even begin to cut, sew, and piece the work back together. Allowing the work to intuitively flow through me I do feel the end result is similar to a drawing or poetry. My textile abstractions provide the stimulus for the viewer’s imagination.