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hese days it's a little tough Lighting Supply Company in Fer-
getting 22-year-old Debra ndale. During lunch hour, she
Cohen to go anywhere creates.
without her chain mail.
"In fact, I wanted to take (my
The senior art student at art tools) to the Tigers game the
Wayne State University has other day, but my friends
honed a talent and a passion for wouldn't let me," she says.
weaving links of metal wire into
Some of Ms. Cohen's "artgarb"
includes Judaica. She is about to
"My goal is to blur
the line between or-
garments," she says.
And so she has.
— even a golden top.
"It intrigues me," she
says, "that you can
take something as
rigid as metal and
make it into a flexi-
ble, fluid shape."
Starting Aug. 13,
Ms. Cohen's work
will be featured for a
month at "Fiber
Fashion Form '94,"
an exhibit sponsored
by the Michigan Sur-
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with Wayne State
University and the
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The juried exhibition, to be
held in the WSU Community
Arts Gallery, will feature the
work of 38 artists from across the
country, in addition to the cre-
ations of Barbara Altwerger, the
"Wearable art isn't always
looked at as fine art, but it is
equally as important as sculpture
and painting. Textile artists have
had a difficult time finding their
realm in the art world because if
it's functional, people wonder if
it's art. The answer is yes," Ms.
Altwerger says. "It's a combina-
tion of skill, craftsmanship and
For Ms. Cohen, wearable art
has become more than something
she studies at college. It's an ad-
diction. Often, she'll bring wire
and pliers to her full-time job at
embark upon adornments for a
tallit and a metal biker jacket
made of aluminum with panels
on the back depicting the sheva-
tim (Twelve Tribes of Israel). Of-
ten, Ms. Cohen will consult books
on history, religion and art for
guidance and inspiration.
Community Arts Gallery Di-
rector John Slick, a sculptor him-
self, says Ms. Cohen shows
tremendous promise as an artist.
"There's something very mys-
tical and religious about many of
the elements she uses in a lot of
her pieces. Debra is very tradi-
tionally well-educated. Much of
her work questions, but never
mocks her tradition, her faith,"
Ms. Cohen discovered her tal-
ent at the Sally Allan Alexander
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Left: Ms. Cohen also
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