Debra Eck – Maple


© 2015
edition of 1
8 x 12 x 1



Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.

paper, linen thread


Artist Statement about work:

Working from the cards was a challenge, one i skirted creatively, focusing on pulling together the elements that flowed most naturally from my process. A book usually begins for me with the binding and I decided to stretch the possible definitions of the word historic. For a few years I have been adapting traditional needlework patterns into bindings, so this binding is an adaptation of an Elizabethan blackwork embroidery design popularized in England by Catherine of Aragon. The maple pattern became the jumping off point for the remainder of the work. My collaborator for my image was the huge maple that overtops my home and studio; I used leaves from the tree to create the templates for leaves in the book – the color became the glorious riot of its autumn canopy. I pushed black and white – redefining it as hand-cut silhouettes and the windblown leaves drifted across the gutters of the book falling outside the pages in a bright paper drift.

Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – black & white; structure – historic; image – collaboration; technique – hand drawn; layout – across the gutter; text – gibberish or non-verbal; paper- multiple colors. Adjectives: strange , elegant , monotonous , loud , futuristic

About artist:

Deb Eck is a book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread. Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in upstate New York for over 20 years. Her first experience with bookbinding was as an undergraduate when she took an elective course with a visiting artist. After learning a cross stitch style binding it occurred to Eck that many other forms of embroidery could be adapted to book binding and this intersection is the focus of her current studio work.

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Debra Eck – Maple

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