Using traditional wet felting techniques, Deborah Dumka makes contemporary landscape based wool carpets, meditation mats and table textiles.
Deborah Dumka draws on the physical and emotional landscape of her rural life to create felted textile work that asks the viewer to examine the importance of nature in our health and well being. Born in Northern British Columbia in 1954, she has lived three quarters of her life in rural communities across Canada, mostly on the shore of an ocean. Some of her current work integrates digital technology, conductive materials and components of wearable electronics into her functional floor carpets to construct immersive interactive experiences with image, texture and sound.
Deborah holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from MUN (1978) and a diploma from the Textile Studies Program of the Anna Templeton Centre (1994), St. John’s NL. She advocates for the Canadian craft community by serving on the board of the Craft Council of British Columbia and as a past president the Canadian Crafts Federation. She works from her home studio on Texada Island in the Strait of Georgia. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows in Canada and Korea.