Sculptor, Kinetic Creator, And Fine Artist Debbie Lee Mostel Shares Her Quirky New “Wonder Sponge” Bringing Delight To Our Chores

Debbie Lee Mostel is a science-based thinker/designer/artist who sees wonder in every drop of water and behind every blade of grass.  Her awards for kinetic designs, art-in-public places commissions, forward-looking  jewelry, sculptures, and paintings all point to her drive for innovation. Her inventive nature and lack of tolerance for wastefulness has culminated in “Debbie’s Wonder Sponge”!  Debbie shows us how to take the drudgery out of cleaning up a mess by adding her unique twist of creativity.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos here while we marvel at this serious artist’s unending capacity for joy, humor and practicality!

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s training with master goldsmith Ellen Broker and master silversmith Hans Christensen of Denmark gave her the base for transforming her creative ideas into solid businesses. Early in Debbie’s career, after a stint at Tiffany’s, she formed her own company. Her work in the wholesale jewelry business brought her acclaim with designs being carried by Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her jewelry was seen in many Richard Avedon fashion photographs. Debbie has sold her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry (many made from lamp worked glass she created) at the prestigious juried Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

 

Debbie tells The Rickie Report, “I’m the type of artist/designer that thrives on exploring new mediums. Like the shark…I have to keep moving. My formal education started with Metal and Glass, decades later I found myself in a fruitful career of painting and sculpture as well.  My sense of curiosity is what I thrive on, exploring new mediums and continually growing as an artist”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Your formal education (BFA California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in New York) began in metal and glass, under the tutelage of glass visionary Marvin Lipofsky (student of Harvey Littleton) and included workshops with Dale Chihuly. You have a fruitful career that has incorporated painting, sculpture, and kinetics! Most of us know you as a fine artist who has garnered awards and accolades to fill albums.  What brought you to designing a sponge?

DLM:

So remember that floor mop in the form of slippers? Good concept but ugly and inconvenient. Enter my beautiful sloppy dog named Lucky. He drinks from his bowl, slobbers down his chin, drips all over the house and looks at me, and says “Mom help, I’m a mess. My face is wet, the floor is an embarrassment, what can you do?” After years of exhaustingly wasting paper towels, bending, and wiping,  I thought of that slipper and said to myself “ I can design something better. Something easy to use, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing”.

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Taking spinning VCR motors, trap doors, wind-up toys, and even a Slinky, you caught the attention of Tom Shadyac, director of many Jim Carey movies with one of your Globe series.  Please take us through your process with these sponges.

 

 

DLM:

After months of trial and error, I came up with Debbie’s Wonder Sponge. Friends and neighbors all wanted one (or two), so I introduced the Sponge at trade shows where I exhibit my Designer Jewelry. When I demonstrated the sponges on a piece of linoleum, they started flying out the door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRR: In between exhibits, you worked for Tom Matthews, an event planner in Palm Beach as their Resident Artist creating hanging light sculptures at Mar a Lago and mosaic topiaries for the Surf Club. You’ve created specialty environments for the Flagler Museum, Breakers, Brazilian Court, and Colony Hotel, to name a few. Debbie’s Wonder Sponges ARE clever and pretty.  How have people reacted?

 

 

DLM:

 

The only complaint I’ve gotten so far is that some people think they are too pretty to get dirty. Nonsense! It’s functional art.  Now customers are buying 6 or 8 at a time to give as gifts.

Debbie’s Wonder Sponge! “You’ll wonder how you lived without it!”

Don’t waste money on paper towels for all those little clean-up needs.

Machine wash and dry. Handpainted with acrylic fabric paint so will NEVER run, fade or crack.

A functional piece of little art that helps you enjoy a happy, healthy home.

Leave it by the sink for a quick cleanup of water spots then spray a little disinfectant on the counter and WOOSH…happy and healthy.

Leave it on the floor, step on it and PUSH!!!!…water spots and spills instantly gone. From water dispenser to sloppy dog!

 

 

 

Debbie Lee Mostel’s Wonder Sponges!

 

 

TRR:  Where are you selling them?

DLM:  On my Etsy site – and shipping is free!

 

 

More about Debbie Lee Mostel:

 The Norton Museum of Art has featured Debbie in their Art After Dark series. She is a member of National Association go Women Artists (NAWA), Lighthouse ArtCenter, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nature and Technology-Based Art Brings Debbie Mostel National Acclaim

The Rickie Report knows the viewer will see Debbie Mostel’s artwork and will be drawn to the fine details as well as the whole piece.  Debbie sees the world through shapes and design.  Her vast knowledge and life-long fascination with science is mirrored in her work.  Celebrate Debbie’s recent prestigious induction into NAWA (National Association of Women Artists) and her debut at Red Dot Miami!

Debbie Mostel’s “A New Monarchy”

 

Debbie tells us, ” I’m a beach girl.  When I was little I would sit on the dunes and think the crashing waves were “Mother Natures Heartbeat”.  I  remember how motivated  I was to create art after an exquisite performance by lightning or watching the delicate & powerful dance of a butterfly..”

 

This graduate of the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.  and  California College of the Arts, Berkley, CA. Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts was a metal major under Florence Resnikoff and a glass minor under Marvin Lipofsky.  Mostel became a Master Goldsmith with Ellen Broker and a Master Silversmith with Hans Christensen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Alligator Gar at Sunset

As a child, Debbie wanted to become a marine biologist.  Her fascination with science and art were equal influences until her creative nature finally won.  Through that scientific grounding, Mostel gives us fascinating pieces of artwork to peruse and become excited.

 

A frequent prize winner at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts’ exhibits, Debbie continues to push herself and never rests on past accomplishments.  She was recently inducted into NAWA at their New York City headquarters.  She joins the ranks of other women artists including Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Judy Chicago, Mary Cassatt, Rosa Bonheur, Susan Valadon, Janet Fishman, Miriam Shapiro, Audry Flack and Claire Romano.  There are over 800 members of NAWA and FLorida is the only area in the U.S. to have a chapter outside of New York City.  Debbie’s mission is to increase NAWA’s reach.

The National Association Of  Women Artists  (NAWA) was founded in 1889.  It is the oldest professional women’s fine arts organization in the United States.  It is inclusive and serves professional women artists of all backgrounds and traditions. It is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, located at 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY  10011

 

The Rickie Report asked her to tell us about her newest work.  She explains,” Recently, I’ve developed a fascination for the construct of technology  —  the intricate designs of motherboards, heat coils and  laser pick ups. This came about when my son & his friends were smashing an old transistor radio.  We were fascinated by the “guts”.  Thanks boys, this led to my newest collection……”

 

Best In Show

She uses objects from the past and the present to showcase the  beauty and relationship between  nature and technology.  Globes play an important role in Debbie’s work and she will use them alongside antique car ornaments, vintage wind up toys, seashells and other natural elements. Together, these create whimsical, mystical paintings that invite the viewer to explore technology and nature in a symbiotic relationship.

Preparing for her debut at Red Dot Miami, Debbie will premiere her newest collection. Debbie’s obsession is integrating weather, technology and art.  She calls her new work “Tornadic Activity”.  

 

She tells us, “This new collection: ‘Tornadic Activity’ was inspired by watching the weather channel and the tornardic “activity” in all our lives…”.  Each piece speaks to the artistic tornado she brings to her creative self.  Certainly there is weather-based tornadic activity, but Mostel moves beyond the obvious and brings the viewer into its deeper meanings.  Consider interpersonal tornadoes, the upheaval of the earth’s weather patterns, or the inner storms we face on our life’s journeys.

 

Hindu Tornadic Activity

Debbie shares, ” I do not expect people to see my validity when they look at my artwork.  I want them to see what makes sense to themselves.  I believe there nothing random, that everything we encounter has meaning.  It is up to each of us to discern what that is”.

 

You can see Debbie’s artwork at Red Dot (December 4-9) during Art Basil in booth C126.   Red Dot Miami is located at 3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 31st Street  Miami, FL   www.redfair.com For more information about Debbie Mostel, go to www.debbieleemostel.com or call  561-779-0030

 

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The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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