Deb McFarlane was born in Lismore and grew up on the Far North Coast of NSW – Deb lives in Ballina and is a freeform tapestry weaving artist.
Freeform tapestry weaving is a type of art form that is a specific type of weaving in which the colour and texture can change at any point, and it allows a picture to form with the yarns.
No patterns or pen lines are used, Deb visually transforms the image from a photo or sketch into a woven picture – this requires skills in design, colour and technique.
Deb has been weaving for over 20 years and from the beginning she realized that weaving could encompass both her painting skills and her love of the textile medium. She is intrigued how different yarns (eg, wool, silk, mohair, cotton, jute etc.) can enhance the surface qualities and move into the third dimension using textures. It is fascinating how the image is built up slowly and rather than being on the surface, these images are impregnated into the piece.
Blending and interlacing yarns embodies a spiritual essence in each piece, and many tell a different story of a different place and time in her life. Deb’s subject matter are 90% seascapes or water scenes, and she feels she will never tire of reproducing nature’s beauty.
Deb had her first solo exhibition at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina in March 2012. She has won several awards for her art, including a highly commended at the Bellingen Art Prize. She currently exhibits in various galleries, restaurants, and cafes in the region.