Debbie Blythe - Mixed Media Artist
Debbie Blythe is a bilingual artist living in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. A vegetarian, an environmentalist, and an animal lover, she enjoys reading, gardening, music, dance, singing, languages, theatre - and, of course, creating. She shares her home with three beautiful cats - Camille (Claudel), Frida (Kahlo), and Diego (Rivera).
The name of Debbie's shop was inspired both by her own last name and by the title of Noel Coward's classic play Blithe Spirit (1941). Coward took his title from the first line of Shelley’s poem "To a Skylark” (1820) (see below). "Blithe" is an Old English word meaning "joyful," and her creations are an expression of her own “blithe spirit.”
Debbie is moved by the beauty of semi-precious stones and finds that just touching them can bring a sense of peace, harmony, and groundedness, so she aims to create jewellery (for both men and women) that is enjoyable to wear and evokes a sense of oneness with nature - and the universe. Animals in various forms are a frequent presence in her creations, and her work also celebrates various spiritual and cultural traditions.
Debbie also enjoys experimenting with new techniques and materials and now focuses on making one-of-a-kind items with polymer clay, including high-quality refillable pens (regular and fountain), purse mirrors, pill boxes, lightswitch covers, containers of all kinds, wrist cuffs, pendants, and magnets. Playing with clay has become a passion that allows her to expand her creativity and explore the worlds of fantasy, steampunk, Medieval, and Renaissance art.
The possiblities are endless, and Debbie is always exploring new techniques, creating mixed media pieces that incorporate metal chains and charms and a wide range of finishing products including Pan pastels, swellegant, gilders paste, mica powders, alcohol inks and Pébéo paints.
As an environmentalist, Debbie aims to use nature- and animal-friendly materials – preferring to use pleather to leather - for example, as well as fair trade items such as Karen Hill Tribe silver.
"Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Bird thou never wert, That from Heaven, or near it, Pourest thy full heart In profuse strains of unpremeditated art"
- Percy Bysshe Shelley