Posted on: September 22, 2017
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I began drawing knitting to understand the mechanics of the stitch. Individual stitches interlock becoming a larger whole, similar to how living matter forms larger organs, ecosystems and communities. An interesting characteristic of knitting is that one side of the fabric is different than the other, ie. knit on one side and purled on the other. The opposing tension of the fibers is what gives the fabric it's elasticity as well as it's integrity. As I came to recognize the symbolism, the more interested I was to continue the drawings and make prints of them.

Debbie Schmitt

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BFA Alumni

Major: Printmaking

Graduation Year: 2004

Artist Statement:

My work is a progression of thresholds showing evidence of places I've been, things I'm curious about, a place at a moment in time or a notation of nature. The work I create is a visual dialogue that points me in a direction to move next, leaving a trace of where the process has been. The practice, over time, continues to bring the images into different contexts revealing surprising layers of meaning.