Media Kit

I began my textile journey 30 years ago, like many women, quilting squares of fabric together. Yet with each stitch, I longed for a more authentic way to express my experiences as a woman. Within a short time I abandoned traditional quilt patterns and sought my own subversive shapes and forms.

A textile scholarship led me further on the path of discovery, enabling me to break free and create multimedia pieces that captured the inspiring beauty of nature while other pieces highlighted the terror of war, hunger and violence against women.

I have followed these criss-crossing paths of beauty and pain throughout my artistic career, seeking to document “The Long Walk Home” that every woman travels in her life. If art captures meaning, then it is my hope that with each stitch my art shares an awareness about truths that needs to be told.


Contact Information

Debra Calkins          

             P O Box 1203 - Freeland, WA 98249



Educating to create awareness of the Long Walk Home every woman travels in her life; to provoke thought and dialogue about current, important social issues.


Fiber Fusion traveling exhibit for Washington Surface Design 2016

Fiber Fusion regional show  2017

Beneath the Surface LaConner Quilt & Textile Museum 2016

Artist Trust Edge Reunion Show 2014

Life At The Left Edge 2013


Whidbey Island Arts Council  2012


Unmade Bed, an exhibition on the sex slave trade  2016


Graduate of the Fiber Arts Certificate Program University of Washington 2009

      Student of Jan Myers-Newberry, Liz Axford, David Walker and Joan Wolfham


Professional Fiber Artist for over 30 years

Lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.


Surface Design Association (SDA), International Organization of Fiber Artists.

             Whidbey Island Surface Design (WISD), Founding Member.

             Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA), Global Fiber Artist Association

Contemporary Quilt Art Association (CQA), Past President

Artwork in Seven Private Collections

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Photographies of Debra Calkins’ artwork are available for licensing for both publication and suggested commercial projects. Please contact the artist directly to discuss proposed use and completion of required written licensing.