about the artist

Deborah E. Goebel holds a BFA degree with highest honors from Pratt Institute in New York City. While studying at Pratt, she was an intern at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Deborah believes that her time at the Met provided her with a unlimited store house of ideas and inspiration. “The Met was a good fit for me.” Deborah states. “I have lived in many locations in the U.S. and Europe and have developed a love
history and heritage. Costume, clothing and the type of adornment worn tells about the people, their culture and the times they lived in.”

After working for several years designing ready-to-wear sportswear and couture fashions in New York, Deborah started her own entrepreneurial business in Maine. Her clothing designs were based on nearly lost techniques that were reinterpreted for a contemporary age. In Harpswell, she converted a 1911 Arts and Crafts Schoolhouse to a Studio and Gallery. The Gallery featured her designs and the work of other fine artists and craftsmen.

In 2005, Deborah moved to Atlanta, Georgia. It was time for her to “turn over a new leaf.’ Appropriately, Deborah named her new business Newleaf Designs! Her designs have been featured in trunk shows at the High Museum of Art.

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