Debbie BoylesI’m a Minnesota artist living in the Twin Cities area and I’ve been making textile art for about a dozen years. Creating with fabric, dye and paint is a way I express what’s important and interesting to me. I love the process of making fabric and incorporating it into art quilts or other textile pieces that communicate my view of the world.

Inspiration comes from many sources: travel, architecture, people — as well as other abstract and contemporary artists. I often use my camera to capture places, objects and details that intrigue me — and I use writing and sketching to develop my ideas.

In my latest pieces, I explore things that give purpose and fulfillment to life. For example, I believe that connections with others are essential to fulfillment and well-being. I seek to show some of the configurations of these relationships in my quilts (Family Gatherings and Family Connections series) — and let viewers interpret the meaning based on their own life experiences. I also explore “states of being” that enrich our lives, such as experiencing joy (my Effervescence series).


  • Minnesota Contemporary Quilters
  • Textile Center of Minnesota
  • White Bear Center for the Arts