Behind the Felt
Meet 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 during her career as a cosmetologist, hence, she has been a fiber artist for her entire life.
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. Deb now focuses on designing wearable art along with upholstery and wall art.
Deb is a member of The Surface Design Association, Omaha Artist Inc., Fiber Art Now, Omaha Artists Inc. She resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa with her husband, Dick, who is a welding artist. She has two grown children and three grandsons and one granddaughter.
Fine Line Art, Uncommon Threads & Peoples Choice Award in St. Charles, IL
Fine Line Art, Uncommon Threads & Best of Show in
St. Charles, IL
Another Blooming Art Show, Lauritzen Gardens 3rd place Fleur-de-lys
ArtWear Biennial Fashion Show; Overall Winner; Fort Collins, CO
“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
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