Quiltmakers, hand dyers and surface designers, the two have been producing fabrics for nearly 40 years.
Debra Lunn has been making quilts since 1963. While in graduate school in textile design in 1976 at the University of Minnesota, she began hand-dyeing fabrics for use in her own quilts.
Debra's quilt, Counterpoint, was the first and only piece in Quilt National '79 (the first exhibition) that was made of hand-dyed fabrics. Debra's personal art quilts which feature hand-dyed fabrics that are made at Lunn Fabrics have continued to be included in national and international juried and invitational exhibitions.
In 1988, Debra started hand-dyeing fabrics in gradations to sell to other quiltmakers.
In 1991, Debra met Michael Mrowka, and they joined together in the endeavor of Lunn Fabrics (and also as personal mates). Working together, Lunn Fabrics expanded to produce fabrics that are hand-dyed, hand-painted, airbrushed, hand-stamped, and screenprinted.
Michael, a sculptor, painter and a journeyman printer of 20 years (on paper), has streamlined production and invented new techniques and patterns.
In 1994, Debra and Michael began designing fabric for Robert Kaufman Company, which continued until 1998. They created innovative lines of fabric for commercial production, which include Pointillist Palette, Natural Creations, Vibrations, Prima Materia, Photo Real Clouds, DYE IT! and Precious Metals.
Debra and Michael are thrilled to have returned to Robert Kaufman to run the batik division, called Artisan Batiks.
Their media coverage in the industry includes acknowledgement and acclaim from a wide range of fiber art publications, including several features in Surface Design Journal and ArtFocus. Copies of these articles are available from the Robert Kaufman Marketing Department upon request for further background information.