Behind the artist
Deb Koesters began her journey when attending a wet felting 3-dimensional class on the East Coast, at a place called Snow Farm. The technique uses wool, warm, soapy water, and friction or rubbing to make the fiber fuse together, forming a fabric called felt. It came quite natural to her as she has worked with hair all of her life and wool is another form of hair. The great thing about felting is that it is very forgiving; such a soft medium with so many uses. Deb loves color, sculpting and the whole process of felting. Having studied the technique under many talented felting professionals, she has developed her own acquired style over the years resulting in her founding of Feltersforte.
One of her bigger milestones was being published in the 2016 Issue 16 of "Felt", an Australian magazine for felting and more. In addition, Deb was recently featured in the book, "Worldwide Colours of Felt" by Ellen Bakker. You can purchase the book here.
Deb is a member of The Surface Design Association, Omaha Artist Inc., Fiber Art Now, Omaha Weavers and Spinners Guild. She resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa with her husband, Dick, who is a welding artist. She has two grown children and three grandsons.
Art Exhibition: Rapid City Arts Council, Dahl Arts Center
Artful Fashion National Exhibition: Cumberland, MD
Sacred Environment - Nature and the Artist: Stone Mountain, GA
18th ArtWear Biennial: Where Fashion Meets Fine Art: Fort Collins, CO Overall Winner
Material: An Exhibition of Original Fiber Artworks from Across the Country 2018
2018 Summer Show - Another Bloomin' Show Omaha, NE Fleur-de-lis, Third place,
ArtSlam 18 by Friends of Art, UNO Art, and Art History: Omaha, NE 1st place
“Worldwide colours of felt”: Textile Link
“Excellence in Fibers Online Gallery 2016” Fiber Art Now
“Surface Design Online : Stories of the Trees”ISSUU.com Fiona Duthie 2016
“Felt” “The Australian magazine for felting and more” 2016 Issue 16.
"Inspired Living Omaha" Jan/Feb 2018
"Inspired Living Omaha" March/April 2019