Following art school Deborah co-founded the product design and manufacturing company, Urban Icons. The company up-cycled industrial products – turning oil drums into furniture, for instance – and collaborated with other manufacturers to realise cutting edge designs. It was during this phase that her interest in paper as a medium developed. To support her studio practice she later did an MA in psychotherapy, working part-time as a solution-focused psychotherapist.

Art Education

Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design
BA(Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture)1993 - 1996
Royal College of Art Drawing1996
Sir John Cass School of Art
Sculpture Foundation Course1991 - 1993

Selected Exhibitions

Kreiva Gallary, Bridlington, "People & Place"2023
Catharine Miller Gallery, Decorative Art Fair, London2023
Catharine Miller Gallery, London 2022
Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, 'Environment' Exhibition2022
Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, 'Colour' Exhibition2022
Whitechapel. London Open, Digital Exhibition2018
Cambrian Open Studios, east London2017-2019
Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, Shortlist2016
Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London2016
Wells Contemporary Art, Wells Museum2015
Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London2015
Loughborough Hotel Art Gallery, London2014-2015
Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery Brick Lane, London2014
Other Art Fair, Ambika P3 Gallery, London2014
Candid Arts Gallery, London, Framed2014
East London Design Show, Shoreditch, London2003-2005
Hidden Art, Brick Lane, London2001-2003
Space Open Studios, East London1998-2002
Craft Movement Fair, London, Box Pictures and Wall Images1998-2000
Wills Art Warehouse, London, The Art of the Body1998
Stables Gallery, Solo Exhibition, London, Box Pictures1998
Maymie White Contemporary Art, London, A Celebration of the Figure1998
Library Gallery, Stoke Newington, London, Works on Paper1997
Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London1996-1998
Lethaby Gallery, London1996
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London1995
British Art Medal Society, Plantation House, London1994-1995
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Currency of Fame1994


Winning Art Medal: British Art Medal Society Competition1994-1995
Commissioned to produce a second medal for the Society


British Museum

Private Collections: United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan


Age In The Frame: self-designed, socially-engaged project on ageing