Deb McFarlane Textiles
Born in Lismore, I grew up on the North Coast appreciating the beautiful countryside and the magnificent beaches. I am an Interior Designer by trade and currently work as a Window Dresser. I have illustrated 2 children's books & I am often commissioned to do artwork for a Queensland Publishing Company.

However, my true passion is picture weaving, or I prefer to call it freestyle weaving. I love working with textured yarns and fibres to create a scene that emerges from just a few vertical threads. I find it fascinating. Combining and blending different textured and coloured fibres is a slow process, & very challenging, but so exciting. My weavings are usually framed under glass to protect the fibres from insects and dust and also gives a more polished presentation.

Each large weaving takes more than 2 months to complete, doing a 30+ hour week, and I use more than 50 different yarns in each piece. I use both new and recycled yarns and wools and use as many natural fibres as possible. 90% of my weavings are seascapes or water scenes. I have 3 looms, and a zillion balls of wool and yarns, but always on the lookout for more. So if you have any wool you would like to off load.....let me know.

In September '12 I was awarded a highly commended for one of my weavings at the Bellingen Art Prize. In 2010 I received a Certificate of Commendation for one of my pieces at the Waves & Water Ways Exhibition for Marine Rescue at the NRCG ( Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina).

I had my first solo exhibition at the NRCG in Feb/March '12 which was so exciting and received a lot of publicity, and my works were selected to be on display in the award winning restaurant 'Fire in the Belly' in Lismore from May – September 2012. I am a active member of BACCI in Ballina, and Blue Knob Gallery, and always exhibit in their group shows. My weavings are also on display in various galleries, restaurants, cafes and motels in the region.