Debbie's inspiration comes from being out in the natural world - from walking, noticing and collecting.
Her work is informed by:
Things she has noticed.
Things she has remembered.
The light, water, the weather.
The processes and rhythms of natural phenomena.
Impermanence, change and degeneration.
Sound, stillness and silence.
Cloth and traditional utilitarian hand-stitching are at the foundation of Debbie's work. Cloth is found in coastal environments in the form of tarpaulins, boat covers and sails and she alludes to their functional purpose in herwork. The materials that she uses in conjunction with cloth – salt, bitumen, wax, varnish – are substances that are found in a coastal location and they play an integral part in relating the cloth objects she makes to their surroundings.
Debbie's practice aims to evoke a multi-sensory interpretation of her surroundings to promote an awareness of the relationship between the visual, aural and tactile landscape.