“I was introduced to rug weaving as a folk art. The tradition of using recycled clothing to weave decorative and functional household items appealed to my creative and thrifty nature. I wove hundreds of yards of rugs for people, developing my own style and color schemes,” states Debbie Cooter, who produces sturdy floor coverings and cozy blankets at her studio near Two Harbors, MN. The artist continues to experiment with patterns and dyes her own fabrics, bringing relevant contemporary design to this traditional craft.
Debbie’s textiles have won many awards including Best of Show in Fiber at the 2008 Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis. Active as an arts promoter, she has served on the boards of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Art Relief Board in Duluth. For several years, she was the Director of the Depot Art Fair at the Duluth Art Institute, where she was also a weaving instructor.
With her husband, the potter Dick Cooter, Debbie has participated for over a decade in the annual autumn Crossing Borders Studio Tour hosted by North Shore artists in Minnesota and Ontario.