Artist bio

Dr. Deborah Kuster has been involved in the field of art education for over 40 years, having taught art to all ages in schools and museums. She is Professor Emeritus of Art Education at the University of Central Arkansas. Her art is created by cutting, assembling, sewing, and forming her hand-woven textiles into two- and three-dimensional works. They are visual interpretations of the lingual. She has created her art in response to Scripture, favorite authors, and even her grandchildren. Her work has been exhibited and published locally, nationally, and internationally. More information can be found at




Mixed Media

Artist Statement

I create my art by cutting and piecing fabrics that I have previously handwoven on my Gilmore floor loom. My handwoven, pieced, formed, and embellished vessels have “feet” of clay. They are tenderly made to suggest our human experience, one of brokenness and weakness, yet beloved, strengthened, and redeemed by God.

How it fits into contest

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,…” (Ephesians 6:10-11)
This small vessel with its big brass buttons stands firmly on its clay feet. Yet, it has no strength of its own, just as we are small and weak. Our strength is in the Lord and in His mighty power. The transparent and translucent armor that surrounds and protects the vessel symbolizes the armor of God is not for a battle against “flesh and blood.”

How to Purchase this Artwork

$700. Purchasing directions can be discussed by contacting Deborah Kuster through her website:

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