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The Guardian | August 2018

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Colossal | August 2018

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Design Boom | September 2018

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The Courier | September 2016

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Dundee Telegraph | September 2016

Debbie Lawson, Dundee Telegraph

The Guardian | September 2016

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The Globe and Mail | April 2015

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"At Toronto’s recently revamped Peter Pan restaurant, a pair of white fangs juts menacingly from the middle of a wall-hung Persian rug. The teeth are a clue that the tapestry – one of a set of three – is not decor. It’s art. The whole thing is an optical illusion. From the front, it looks flat and intricately filigreed. From the side, it’s startlingly 3D. The bust of a bear is cleverly hidden within..."
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The National Post | January 2015

Debbie Lawson, National Post
"Debbie Lawson’s art is, by her own admission, accidentally Canadian.
The Scottish-born multimedia artist creates a variety of work - from a set of chairs dancing the can-can to wood panelling imbued with scenes of intimacy - but perhaps none quite so striking as her tapestries, full-size wall hangings to which Lawson has affixed the heads and sometimes full bodies of various fauna. The effect is Magic Eye-esque: stand in front of the work and the beast, be it a bear or a stag, all but disappears; move slightly to the right or left and the animal reveals itself in three dimensions..."
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The Herald | January 2014

Debbie Lawson, The Herald
""On the way through the pedestrianised streets of Perth to see Debbie Lawson's Magic Carpet exhibition, I passed an interiors shop with Persian patterned rugs hanging inertly on the wall. Items displayed for sale in this way are a common enough sight on and off the high street. We're also used to seeing them lying flat out in our homes ... but not necessarily in an art gallery. The twist with Lawson's carpets is that she weaves the natural world into them in the shape of goofy-looking grizzly bears, seagulls in perpetual motion, a forest of conifers or a sly little fox emerging from a canopy of ivy. These are all part of the fabric of Lawson's carefully reconstructed world. The carpets she uses might be cheap factory versions of the real Persian deal, but she turns them into beguiling sculptures which I would happily hang on my living-room wall.."
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Jan Patience, January 2014

The Guardian Guide | November 2013

Debbie Lawson, Guardian Guide
"Debbie Lawson’s magic Persian carpet might be a cheapish factory remake but it fits the enchanting role almost perfectly. These are sculptures in a dream state of metamorphosis in which the tame and domestic comes to life. The 2D rug surface, hung vertically on the gallery wall like a treasure, is inhabited by a half-obscured sculptural menagerie of almost mythical wildlife: a looming hunter’s trophy of a bear, a fox getting up to urban mischief, a flock of seagulls caught in flight like ornamental ducks. The heady incense air of Arabian Nights seeps in as one feels seduced into playful reverie. Anything that infiltrates the safe realms of the family home with hints of unpredictable and uncontrollable spirit is bound to transport us directly back to childhood daydreams."
Robert Clarke, November 2013
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Cover Magazine | Off The Wall

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"For Debbie Lawson rugs are a medium… she creates domestic interiors where even plants and coat stands are made of carpet. Whole gardens, complete with flowers and grassy tendrils grow from rugs. In a recent commission she finally got her hands on some real, knotted Persian rugs to create Persian Moose, a wall-hung carpet from which a fully carpeted moose head protrudes."
Ros Weaver, February 2012

Harper's Bazaar | Hands-on art

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"Traditional crafts have undergone a renaissance in the context of contemporary art – from the taxidermy-and-upholstery combinations of Nina Saunders to the furniture and fabric sculptures of Debbie Lawson (both of whose work is currently at Pallant House Gallery), and Rachel Kneebone's hand-moulded porcelain, also on show at White Cube. Countering information-age excesses with work that hinges on unique physical encounters, these artists prove you don't need computer constructs to be wired up to present-day concerns."
Skye Sherwin, January 2011

The Observer | Funny peculiar or funny ha-ha?

Debbie Lawson, Observer
"Giggling in galleries isn't always the done thing, but from Friday art lovers in need of a laugh can head to Quad gallery in Derby without fear of reprisal. A group exhibition is exploring humour in contemporary art, specifically 'the funny side of the everyday', says senior curator Alfredo Cramerotti. 'Debbie Lawson's Sunset Island is amusing because it's a very common object – a bathroom pedestal mat – here represented in an exotic way."
Imogen Carter, August 2011

Sublime Magazine | Craft Society, The End of Mass Production

Debbie Lawson, Sublime Magazine
"Persian rugs merge with old tables and dressers to conceive an otherworldly scene, part opulent hall, part creeping, decaying jungle. A single rug will meander and smash into a wall, spraying its fabric like an angry sea onto a craggy coast. Lawson's personal nostalgia and memories of the domestic interiors of suburban life remain an ever-present influence in her work, as does surrealism, although to view it exclusively within the limitations of this movement would be a mistake. She is constantly testing how abnormally striking her pieces can be. Her sculptures and wooden panels continue to be nationally exhibited and acclaimed. 'I'm interested in the idea of hybrids, taking two different objects or materials and combining them to the point where the finished sculpture looks entirely plausible as an object in its own right,' she says."
Laura Santamaria, February 2009

Sunday Express | Chairway to Heaven

"With City firms laying off thousands of traders, bankers, analysts, brokers and salesmen, there are a heck of a lot of seats in the Square Mile without bums on them. Perhaps artist Debbie Lawson has found the perfect solution to this surfeit – she has turned some of them into an artwork called Chairway to Heaven. Appropriately enough the sculpture can be seen outside The Economist's office in central London. 'The chairs form an orderly queue, but although the neat pile might appear to represent conformity, it hints at an underlying possibility of disorder – a tipping point,' Lawson says. Sounds like the start of a craze for Credit Crunch art."
James Hipwell, November 2008

Art Monthly | Dancing Queen

Debbie Lawson, Art Monthly
"The talking gnome highlights a number of works that evoke an underlying theme, the experience of the uncanny. Sometimes this is alluded to humorously, such as Debbie Lawson's Dancing Queen, where four gilded chairs assimilate the can-can."
Nicky Bird, April 2003

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