me! deborah pym harowitz
Attempting to make the world more beautiful, one accessory at a time. When you wear hand-crafted and unique jewelry or a handwoven scarf, it makes you feel "connected" in a way that a manufactured item cannot. Choosing hand made and unique jewelry and accessories to please yourself and reflect who you are, makes you feel more grounded and confident.
The one thing that inspires me, grabs my attention, or just plain excites me is COLOR! It is my medium to create emotion in my work. Glass, yarn, metal, fabric, paint and paper, are the tools I use. I’m inspired by our planet and the oceans (and saving Mother Earth). I love leaves, waves, architecture and philosophical concepts. I crave textures and textural contrasts, hence glass is a favorite addition to my fiber work. I often use circles (I'm big on dots and spirals) to illustrate the cyclic nature of things. You will also see squares or grids as I feel comforted by a certain amount of boundaries. I aspire to create a mood rather than a statement. Usually, I just like to create a feeling that is connected, hopeful, uplifting or just plain fun. For me, the finished product is a bonus; it’s the journey, the work, the color and materials that are my bliss.
The Real Me
Now that you've read the (almost) polished version...
A Scattered Creative is a creative person who is unable to focus on one medium or discipline A Renaissance Soul or Multipotentialite. Just so you know.
I'm a creative. That means that I have far too many great ideas to implement them all. Too many projects in the works, and too many different interests. Sometimes my head feels like a dandelion gone to seed, hence the self portrait to the right. I love my life!
A crafter, maker and tinkerer since early childhood, my education and first career were in engineering. After the layoffs... already a sewer and knitter my left brained creative impulses lead me to spinning, weaving, contemporary quilting, and dyeing. As I learned the value of serendipity and "winging it" I became less the methodical mechanical designer and more the right brained, intuitive, free wheeling creative. Instead of precision and exactitude, I have learned to embrace the abstract.
And color, lots of color.
I now look at something and see the contrasts, mood, and "sense" of it.
I have come so far from that sad girl in her fist collage art class. The one who was told to go outside and find a leaf, bring it in and draw what I see. When my drawing instructor took away my triangles, scale and templates I nearly had a breakdown.
It was not pretty.
Part of what soured me on engineering was the feeling of being stagnant. Nothing ever changed (not really), it was tweaked, or duplicated, but nothing was created from scratch.
My husband's work gave us the opportunity to move around the country.
Moving from state to state and from one side of the country to the other on a (average) yearly basis for 20 years, gave me the change I had craved. It allowed me to see life, people, food and art from an ever growing base of reference.