Debbie Sun Design Studio
Casual elegance, simple opulence, sophisticated art! St. Croix artist and designer Debbie Sun imagines refreshing perspective on textiles for décor and fashion. Originating from her silk paintings, her distinctive designs capture an effervescent spirit and unique vibrancy. The beauty of these textiles is the flexibility to be used in a myriad of creative ways. Debbie is continually adding gorgeous new items to her collection including fabulous hand fans, yoga pants, tote bags, scarves, note cards, pillows, plus exciting custom designs and projects. Shop her collection online, or see her unique offerings in person at Undercover Books & Gifts.
Phone: (340) 277-8898
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Breathable and lightweight, Debbie Sun active wear is super comfy while offering just the right amount of stretch for active movement and a flattering fit. Crafted from high quality fabric, shop leggings in a variety of lengths and sizes. Best of all, they feature vibrant and unique prints by Caribbean textile designer Debbie Sun.
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Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, raised on the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, undoubtedly the Caribbean is in her heart. She lived stateside during her Architectural studies at the University of California, at Berkeley, came back to St. Croix for eleven years before moving to Barcelona, Spain for almost seven years. In 2014, she returned to her beloved island, St. Croix, where inspiration and beauty abound.
According to Debbie: “People ask why I am always smiling. It’s an easy answer. I see beauty everywhere, in everything around me. I see beauty in the ordinary and revel in the extraordinary. My intention is to be in the moment, make it matter and see the beauty in it. Every moment is there for you to have. Have it! Live it! Enjoy it! Cherish it! Appreciate the moment! And smile. Just as I do, my artwork smiles. There is a pureness to my colors, a simplicity in the design, a freshness that gives room to breathe, there’s a reason to smile.
As an artist, I take my cues from two of my most influential inspirations, nature and architecture. My work plays with the dynamics between organic flow of nature and the geometry of forms and shapes that come through in architecture. Many of my textile designs originate from a hand painted silk piece which is then re-interpreted digitally. The fluidity of the silks finds structure in a way of a pattern or design, often playing with layers and transparency. I am fascinated with construction and deconstruction, from natural elements to architectural designs. In nature, zooming in to the minute details (for example, the skeleton of a leaf) reveals a structural system, a sense of order, a rigid design. Zooming out, you see the color, lightness and beauty. It is this interplay with architecture and nature that inspires my textile designs. As an avid photographer, I also enjoy adding photographs to the mix, again finding patterns and textures through the lens of the camera and then translating it onto fabric.”
Inspired by the vivid colors of the Caribbean and nature's intricate patterns, the design process starts with creating silk paintings. Working with silk lends for colors to blend beautifully in a fluid way, very much like a watercolor effect. As a textile designer, Debbie then takes it a step further and reinvents her paintings into digital designs. On the computer, she uses images of her paintings as a starting point. Depending on the painting she can abstract shapes and different elements to rearrange it into a pattern. She loves to play with colors, layers and transparencies to push the design even further. Once the digital design is completed, she is then able to have it printed on to fabrics and be used in a myriad of applications.
In addition to any Group Silk Painting Workshops listed below, Debbie Sun also offers Private Silk Painting Workshops with a minimum of 4 participants. Call Debbie Sun to arrange your own private workshop today!
Group Silk Painting Workshops & Special Events
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