Durbin, Donna



Touch connects layers of memory, feeling and experience for me. I stitch together various fibers, precious vintage kimono and revered ethnic ikat fabrics with thread. My creative voice is woven with the anonymous women of the past, whose lives were expressed in the mastery of cloth.

The “Lost Identity,” series expresses the chaos of my life, when I left the security of home and studio to travel, live and experience Southeast Asia for two years as I documented traditional weaving and dyeing techniques.

I work as a professional artist, textile conservator, speaker and ESL tutor at University of Houston. I received my M.F.A. in Fibers from Texas Woman’s University in 1991.

I have actively exhibited nationally and internationally since 1989.  My contemporary fiber art and stitched paper collages are in the collections of many public, corporate and private individuals: American Airlines, Exxon, University of Houston, DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Brith Shalom Synagogue.

In 2003, I received a CACH Grant for my solo installation, “Lifting the Veil; Love, Marriage and Relationship.” The show exhibited at Houston Community College Gallery, The University of Houston Clear Lake in 2004 and again in 2010 at Montgomery College.

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