Deborah Simeral

Fiber / Grand Coteau, LA


The dyeing of fabric in the various forms of shibori is truly a soothing process. The forming of the lines and new colors always creates a surprise in each and every design making the piece a unique one of a kind wearable art.


Growing up in New Orleans aided in the evolution of my creative spirit. Artistic tattoos on my soul from those childhood and young adult experiences left deep impressions. I feel that those experiences have surfaced in my art over the years.

During a special class offered by the University of South Carolina in 1987, I was exposed to and completely drawn to a traditional Japanese folk art of Shibori dyeing. The technique of dyeing silk by binding, folding, tying opened a new door to my traditional natural dye methods. At that point, I fell in love with the silk fabric and the endless patterns created with the water resist method. Still today, I continue to surprise myself with each garment or silk piece I create. The colors- the lines- the depths of pattern created - awe and amaze me every time.

Each scarf is one of a kind and can only be duplicated in color, not lines and impressions. When working on a garment I choose the fabric and work only on enough fabric for that garment, generally four to six yards. Every piece is a one of a kind – original. Several years ago I partnered with Carolyn Marino to create garments. With the two heads are better than one attitude we have created unique garments for our clients for the last 7 years.

When not working in the studio, I teach for the Acadiana Arts Council program PACE (Primary Academic Creative Expression) in elementary schools in the Lafayette area. This program links the working artist in a classroom for one year. During this time the artist instructs students in the basic art techniques while incorporating the curriculum of that grade level. Challenging but very rewarding!