Artist's pillows are true textile treasures
Rows of ribbon, beautiful brooches and fabrics from long ago and faraway,
Deborah Main’s South Austin studio is filled with the pieces she uses to make beautiful one-of-a-kind pillows.
“This stuff is not made anymore in Europe. It’s all from old European factories,” she said.
She is always on the lookout for antique brooches from the 1910s to 1960s to attach to her pillows, making the pillows fashion for the home with a piece that can also be worn.
“I only use vintage brooches,” she said. “I don’t use new brooches and I’ve gotten them from all different places. Some of them are just really, really unique.”
Main decorates the back of her pillows as much as the front. She got started making pillows because of a love of fabric.
Some of the pillows are made from vintage scarves.
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“It’s because of the history behind them, because of the textiles, I use so many used and vintage and antique materials, so I really want to utilize what we have,” Main said.
Main said she does it because she loves it.
“I’ve just stuck with my vision and my vision is one-of-a-kind pillows that people really, really want. “I love doing it and I love owning my own business. I love creating, but I really feel like it only could have happened in Austin because Austin has been the most supportive community.”
Main has a trunk show at Access Gallery on Guadalupe Street from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., May 2 and another at Beyond Tradition on Second Street from 6-9 p.m., May 7.
For more information on Deborah Main go to www.deborahmaindesigns.com.