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Your name: Deborah Mills Thackrey
 
Business or organization:
Art for Living Fabric LLC, Kingston, NY
 
Occupation:
I am a photographic artist digitally printing decorative throw pillows featuring my fine art.
 
What is your approach to your business or occupation that makes you unique?
I am taking the leap from putting my work on gallery walls and entering the home decor arena. There is a revolution in digital textile printing going on that is affecting both home goods and fashion. This technology allows more experimentation and creativity for designers plus less waste of ink and fabric as you can print short runs or one-offs to test your markets. I am also using recycled pre-consumer luxe upholstery fabric on the backs that provide a calm contrast to the bright, exciting art on the face of the pillow so you can flip to match your mood. I am employing local seamsters and keeping manufacturing local. It may cost more but it is more sustainable in the long run. As the name of my business implies, (Art for Living) I feel art doesn’t only belong on the walls but should be integrated into every aspect of your life.
 
  • exerpted from an interview “Doers & Dreamers” on Kingston Happenings. Nov. 2016