British textile artist Debbie Siniska lives and works from her home in East Sussex, England. She works with recycled and vintage fabrics to make rag rugs, keepsake 'sofa art' cushions, using traditional hand tools, and hand stitch. She also uses the sustainable fibres of sheeps fleece to make felt clothing
Debbie now sells her textiles online at:
Debbie's book Rag Rugs - Old into New was published to coincide with her appearance on channel 4 television on 'Kirstie's Homemade Home and is available to buy at £18 including p&p in the UK
Her project 'Creativity in Schools' has run successfully in primary and secondary schools for the past 10 years, and continues to be successful. She holds regular monthly workshops in East Sussex. Debbie also teaches at Colleges throughout the UK, including West Dean College, West Sussex. Debbie has worked with 'Creative Partnerships', and was sponsored by Kent County Council, and Brighton and Hove City Council to run her project in schools. Debbie has sold her work in National Trust venues, and exhibited at the V&A museum in London. She is listed on the Crafts Council Register of Makers U.K, is a member of the Sussex Guild of Makers and is also a member of the newly formed Heritage Crafts Association.
Her work has been featured in the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph, and was also commissioned by the Tate Gallery shop in London - when she produced eight Bloomsbury style rag rugs to accompany an important exhibition of Bloomsbury art to celebrate the millennium.
Debbie's work can be found at Charleston, home of the Bloomsbury literary and art group of the '20's, where she produced a facsimile of an old Bloomsbury style rag rug, that now lies in the house in Maynard Keynes Bedroom. Charleston Farmhouse is open to the public- Debbie occasionally teaches rag rug making workshops at Charleston, check the events page.
Debbie sells her work, and will be demonstrating at Cranbrook Farmers Market in the Vestry Hall , Cranbrook, Kent every 4th Saturday of the month from 9.30 till 1pm
Debbie also sells her textiles at the Sussex Guild Shop, Southover Road, Lewes, E.Sussex BN7 1TP ( open every day of the year except Christmas day from 10 till 5pm - 5 minute walk from Lewes train station) Debbie works at the shop one day a month