Artist Bio

Deborah Silver is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She discovered her love of weaving while attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in Fiber and minoring in Drawing.

After a weaving internship, Deborah learned the craft of antique furniture upholstery. She then combined her skills to open her own fiber art business. She worked closely with interior designers, creating site-specific Fiber commissions for private residences, businesses and religious institutions. Her works are in the collections of Montefiore Home and B’nai Jeshuran Congregation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Currently, Deborah designs and weaves pieces that combine her interest in tribal imagery with contemporary faces. Her fascination with ethnographic art began when she served as the program chair of the Cuyahoga Weavers Guild. To create a more diverse curriculum, Deborah obtained grant funding, enabling Gilbert “Bobbo” Ahiagble to travel from Ghana. The master kente cloth weaver spent three weeks in Ohio. He lectured, gave demonstrations and taught workshops using traditional kente cloth looms. This marked the beginning of Deborah’s fascination with tribal art, history and symbolism.

Using a split-shed technique, Deborah has transformed a traditional coverlet pattern into a signature method of hand-weaving. All horizontal yarns travel from edge to edge, differentiating this fabric from tapestry. The work is inspired by the increased cross-culturalism in our world, with an emphasis on our collective history. Deborah's influences are Milton Avery, Henri Mattise and Paul Gauguin.

Deborah’s weavings have been shown in juried exhibits in Chicago, NYC and northeast Ohio. Her weavings can presently be seen at the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron, Ohio and the Cleveland Foundation. In 2015, she exhibited in “Facades”, a two person show at the Cleveland West Art League Gallery. That same year, she received a Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Fellowship award.

Deborah occasionally teaches workshops on weaving techniques. She is an active member of The Cuyahoga Weavers Guild. Other memberships include: Praxis Fiber Workshop, Zygote Press, Cleveland West Arts League, Waterloo Arts, ArtNEO, Complex Weavers, Handweavers Guild of America, Artist Archives of the Western Reserve and Heights Arts.

Deborah is married to the painter, Patrick Haggerty. They live happily in a home with too little wall space and too many cats in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
When not busy at her loom, Deborah passes the time as a nuclear medicine technician.

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