About Debra Maerz

A mixed media artist and decorative artist, there is not a technique or surface that does not interest me! I should probably be a little more focused but diversity in mediums, surfaces and techniques has kept my interest and creative process expanding over the years. Never one to sit still after art school I dabbled in glass etching in commercial buildings and residential homes. Until the birth of my first child, which way laid my art endeavors for nearly eleven years and I stumbled upon decorative painting. A way to channel my creative yearning even though I was too exhausted to actually "think". Following others drawing patterns and painting instructions decorative painting satisfied my muse until my children were older and I had more energy to devote to my art. Now with an empty nest and the down turn in the economy I have so much more time to entertain my muse with all sorts of creative energy! So stay tuned you never know what you find posted in my blog or for sale in the Etsy shop!

Hoffman Fabric Challenge 2014

ScherasadeScheherazade, an art doll I created for the Hoffman Fabric Challenge 2014 was chosen as the “best first time entry doll” for 2014.  How exciting to have my doll  place among some of the most talented and creative doll artists.  According to the Hoffman Challenge website there were 58 entries for the art doll category, and nine winning categories.  One of the judges for the dolls was Lauren Vlcek, an accomplished doll artist.  Her dolls are amazing!

The fabric collection for the challenge by Hoffman Fabrics is  “Anise” and the “Indigo” fabric in the collection was the fabric chosen as the challenge fabric.  My journey to create this doll started with a google search for the  word “Anise” which is a girls name in Arabic, Persian and Iranian  meaning “pleasant companion” like “love” – so, I thought of a beautiful girl with a very mid-eastern outfit.

I created the body of my doll with a pattern from Patti Culea’s book Creative Cloth Doll Couture.   Once the body of the doll was complete I went to work on designing her outfit,  beginning with the harem pants in the beautiful Indigo pattern.  As I was working with the indigo fabric I realized the design elements in this fabric were endless.  I began fussy cutting every detail I began to see – flowers, butterflies, patterns in the circles-just endless.  I really had so much fun creating the necklace, shoes, and head scarf with all the fussy cuttings.  I have lots leftover to make even more beautiful accessories for dolls, so the Indigo fabric may be seen often in my next creations.  I just  love the fabric

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Here is a link to the Hoffman Challenge doll challenge winners! Look for a trunk show in your area, the schedule is on their website:




Finally I have finished my banana gourds mermaids! After what has seemed like forever my muse returned and I am once again in the studio creating, painting, sculpting and all in all enjoying the process.  So tomorrow off to the “boutique” and hopefully some sales!

In the past I have just painted the mermaids on the banana gourds, but this time I decided to add dimension by using texture medium for the hair. They are painted with acrylic paints and of course there is an addition of a soft sculpture tail.  The “seaweed” head piece is made from the softest fuzzy yarn and I have added a small sea shell to it.

Thanks so much for visiting and leave a comment if you feel so inclined-

Mermaids 2 copy