Debbie Burkert

Designs by Debbie
Boyertown, PA

My passion for weaving grapevine forms began 27 years ago when I first started teaching fibers at Boyertown Senior High.  This was an excellent opportunity for me to pursue both my interest in teaching art and my personal, creative passion for weaving grapevine forms.  Both of these paths have interlocked together nicely to lead me to experience amazing opportunities, meet wonderful people and provide an opportunity to enhance my students’ achievement and creativity by building their awareness of the arts.

In 2005, I was honored to receive the award of ‘Oustanding Secondary Art Educator for Pennsylvania.’  This would not have been possible without the interactions I had through my teaching and through the creation of my own art. 

The art I create comes from an interest for weaving that developed during my undergraduate work at Kutztown University.  My concentration in fibers allowed me to explore with color and texture three-dimensionally.  My interest and passion for creating woven, sculptural forms grew.   

I enjoy working with a variety of materials to obtain textural effects as well as utilizing  combinations of various color to develop new color schemes.  I consider these grapevine forms more sculptural rather than functional.  This also holds true for the beaded jewelry I create.  It is created by interlocking (or weaving) elastic fibers and enhanced with a vairety of beads to explore various colors and textures in this media as well.