Textile Design ’69

Deborah Feinstein Bigeleisen became a painter in 1998 after 18 years of running a company that gave European textile designers full-time representation in the U.S. Her hyper-realistic depictions of flowers, mostly roses, gardenias, and lisianthus, are painted in her signature palette of eight colors, using the layered glazing techniques of the Dutch masters. Her particular attraction to roses derives both from the way light shines through the petals and the circular movement of their unfurling. “At FIT, we had nature studies all four semesters. It’s a critical component of textile design, both in home furnishings and apparel.”

Featured Photo: Energy 3, oil on canvas, 40 by 70 inches, 2011.