Debra Abrams obtained her MFA at SUNY New Paltz and has since been a part of many major arts and crafts exhibitions across the U.S. She says that her work is inspired by the intimacy of handling small personal artifacts and giving them new life in jewelry.
Debra lists her inspirations as shards.stones.hieroglyphs.gardens.concrete. fragments.junk stores.yard sales. antiquities.recycling. reusing.recombining.textures.patterns.nature. habitats.shelters.nests.homes. Her work is handmade sterling silver pieces that are inlaid with assorted colorful accents including dichroic glass, beads, pearls and gold, all set in a polymer matrix. Naturally colored sands from Hawaii and white sands from Jamaica are also set in to accent the work.