Deborah Paul

My hunt for tins is endless. I love the colorful images printed on the tins. These visuals leap out at me. For each piece a theme develops as I study my tins. Colors, patterns and details are considered. The tins are dismantled by hand. They are pounded flat using a hammer on an old cutting board. I strive to preserve the unique features of the tins; the seam edges, natural wear and tear, pictures and words. The tins are cut to highlight these elements. Nothing is wasted. The cut shapes often incorporate the metal memory of the original manufactured shape of the tins. The cut pieces bend and curl accordingly. I capitalize on the reflective qualities of the metal playing with negative space, light and dark. Each piece I create changes as the lighting around it changes. Recycled and hand made tools are used. With stamps I add words and designs.

Options for the base include job site scrap, cupboard doors, shelves, crate ends, cut plywood, and furniture. I arrange and rearrange the tin pieces into my vision. They are nailed on with 1/2” wire nails. I turn post consumer tins into one of a kind vibrant artworks.

My studio is located in The Tin House, in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The Tin House is a full house installation of tin art created by me and my friends.

Fremont - Seattle, Washington


Curriculum Vitae

I have been working with recycled tin for a long time now. When I started in 2006 I just needed a way to work with my hands and a good excuse to go to the hardware store and the Goodwill. Reinventing your life is old news these days but there I was a rancher without a ranch and a desperate need to express myself. A marriage ended, a new life beginning and so it goes. It was not an original idea; I took inspiration from Old Uncle Jack's tin can art hanging up in my home. Now I see that I am part of something much larger than myself. Contemporary Tin Art is in galleries and museums. Together we have created a legacy that art will emerge from our waste. I am so honored to be included in the book *Art Without Waste* by Patty K. Wongpakedee, coming out this fall. Now I think to make art with whatever I can get my hands on. I have combined tin with black velvet, bicycle inner tubes, and glow in the dark paint. I have created abstracts, portraits, imaginary people, sculptures, and mobiles. I seem to never run out of new things to try with tin. My journey has led me on a vagabond life. I have been privileged to meet such amazing and inspirational artists along my way. They have indeed influenced me and I surround myself with their art in The Tin House, my home and showcase of my art and that of my dear friends.

  • Red Bull Art of Can Exhibition, Finalist, River East Art Center Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. November 2007.

  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. 24th Annual Open Studios Art Tour participant. October 2009

  • The New Davenport Gallery, 450 Highway One, Davenport, California. Pacific School Fundraiser, May 5 - 31, 2010

  • Davenport, California. Artisan Market, Summer weekends 2010

  • The New Davenport Gallery, “Abstractions.” August 4 - 31, 2010

  • The New Davenport Gallery, “Reused and Recycled.” October 6 - 31, 2010

  • Santa Cruz Magazine, Fall 2010, “Works in Progress, Local Artists open their Studio Doors.” Justine DaCosta.

  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, 25th Annual Open Studios Art Tour, October 2011, participant.

  • The New Davenport Gallery, “Metal is Magic.” December 1 - January 30, 2010

  • Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 East Lauridsen Boulevard, Port Angeles, Washington. Art is a Gift, Holiday Arts and Crafts Marketplace, December 1 - 30, 2011

  • Rain Shadow Coffee, Sequim Washington. Solo show, Black Velvet Glow in the Dark Masterpieces, February/March 2012

  • Sequim Arts High School Student Show Judge, 2012.

  • Danaca Design Student and Teacher Exhibition, December 2012, Danaca Design, Seattle, Washington

  • Seattle Metals Guild Biennial - Washington State Convention Center, in the South Galleria, Seattle, Washington. May - July 2013

  • 10 x 10 x 10 x Tieton, National Juried show, August/11 – October/9/2013, Mighty Tieton Warehouse, Tieton, Washington.

  • Women’s Caucus for Art – Colorado Chapter, Mixed Media, National Juried Show, September 12 – 28, 2013, Annex @ Core Gallery, Denver, Colorado.

  • The Road Not Taken, National Juried Show, November 1 – December 7, 2013, Lander Art Center, Lander, Wyoming.

  • Art Without Waste; 500 Upcycled and Earth Friendly Designs. Patty K. Wongpakdee, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, New York Institute of Technology. September 2014.

  • Streetwise, national juried show, April 4 - May 5, 2014, Portland, Oregon.

Some of my art is owned by:

Anne Barnes - Santa Barbara, California. Jack Howard - Santa Barbara, California. Elise Levinson - Santa Cruz, California. Diane Vallincourt - Santa Cruz, California. Larry Harden - Santa Cruz, California. Edie Sullivan - Seattle, Washington. Melissa Evans -Seattle, Washington. Langdon and Anne Simons - Seattle, Washington. Rick Paul -Santa Barbara, California. Jenny and Kyle Radulesk - Lake Oswego, Oregon. Meghan and Curran O’Brien - Portland, Oregon. Cutter Wicks - Portland, Oregon. Carly Sullivan - Lake Oswego, Oregon. Christina Wilson - Manzanita, Oregon. Christianna Honeycutt - Santa Cruz, California. Mattie Leeds - Santa Cruz, California. Sal Bartolomeno - New York, New York. Patsy Wilkes - Santa Cruz, California. Nan Wonderly - Seattle, Washington. Philip Salter – Seattle, Washington. Elias Chimbuku – Portland, Oregon.

Studio: The Tin House - Fremont. Seattle, Washington., 206-940-3069.
Mailing address: 3518 Fremont Ave N., #473, Seattle, Washington 98103.