Romancing the Wind
Deb had always been intrigued by things that are
moved by the wind... sailboats, hot air balloons,
clouds, just being out in nature. And being
creative, she figured out a way to turn her passion
into a career. In the early 1970's she began
working with the lightest of fabrics designing and
building hot air balloons. Deb never thinks small!
Did you know there are 3 to 4 miles of sewing
involved in the creation of each balloon? And she
didn't stop there. Once she understood the
architecture of balloon design she set about
designing leather applications for the gondola
baskets, those beautiful wicker structures that hold
people and ballast the balloon.
Her next affair with the wind involved moving to
Annapolis, where she found herself in a sail loft
sewing sails and learning custom canvas design. You
can't be around sailboats and hear about palm trees,
sugar sand beaches and turquoise water without
wanting to try some. So being an adventurous spirit,
she loaded her sewing machine, black dog, Misfit,
and most treasured objects aboard a
Norwegian canal boat and headed south for the
winter. . . to Coconut Grove. And she liked it.
Now here was a place where the wind blew, the sky
was azure and the water clear and warm. And like a
coconut that finds itself beached on a friendly
island, she put down roots. And opened up Thin Air
But what else could she do with canvas? How about
fabricating everything for yachts, inside and out,
designing awnings, or cabanas or umbrellas. From
private homes to resorts, to shrouding soaring
outdoor sculptures for ceremonial unveilings, she
found herself creating practical and beautiful
works of art with canvas. She even designed a Coast
Guard approved car restraint system for a private
after an exotic
sports car slid overboard in a choppy sea!
But can she work small? How about windsurfing
harnesses. She designed and built hundreds of them.
She also created a "470 sailing dinghy" harness used
by the US team in the Olympics. (Maybe
we should get her autograph...LOL)
She won the IFAI International Achievement Award for
her canvas designs. Her keen eye for attention to
concept a work of art and she has traveled
world wide working on projects for Thin Air Canvas.
One morning she awoke and realized something had
changed... the wind. There was less of it. After
3 decades the village on the bay had become
saturated with people, noise and lots of very
tall buildings that blocked the wind.
So she uprooted Thin Air Canvas and moved 100
miles north onto 5 acres. Now in fall she
watches migrating birds arrive on wind that
bends tall grasses and ruffles leaves. Hawks,
storks and hummingbirds pass through and a
great horned owl lives and hunts on the
And she's fallen in love...
with a paint horse named Rocky and found a
need for high quality horse supplies. From
custom fly masks, to blankets, to Halloween
costumes to THE NIBBLENETTM. And can you say
THE NIBBLENETTM three times quickly? Do you own a
fat nervous equine who's eating you out of house
and home? You need THE NIBBLENETTM! The colorful,
rugged, snack bag for horses. Keep 'em happy,
healthy and entertained with THE NIBBLENETTM.
So what does Deb do in her spare time? She pals
around with a beautiful, big black, Newfoundland
dog named Rex
that she rescued
from the pound. He is now a certified
to educate the young and visits seniors for the
sheer joy of brightening their day.
He was recently seen attired in a custom
tailored tuxedo when he served as an usher in a
wedding. (Now where would he get something like
that?) See photo.
Thank you for visiting Thin Air Canvas and
getting to know Deb. All of Thin Air
Canvas' high quality custom work is created on
by Deb, in America. Thin Air Canvas also
includes a custom woodworking shop to meet your