05/25/18  •  Coachella Valley

Debra Hovel

From the event: May 25 Coachella Valley Storytellers Project- "Obsession"

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About the speaker

Debra Hovel is a “perennial" … a person of any age who has a curious mind and wants to know something about everything. Debra, and her husband Richard, began visiting Palm Springs in 2000 after a generous friend invited them to stay a week in their Donald Wexler home in Movie Colony. They were smitten by the architecture and the inside/outside living and immediately began to consider life in Palm Springs. Like so many others, it only took a few trips for her and her husband to find a condo and start making plans for a permanent move. Suddenly the beautiful arts and crafts Minneapolis mansion they had renovated looked pretty dark and maze-like. Since moving to Palm Springs full-time in 2010, she has immersed herself in many personal design projects, museum, architectural preservation and Modernism Week projects. The most compelling of these projects is the making of Makerville Studios in Pinon Flats. This artisan retreat is an old Elk’s Lodge repurposed as a working studio and camp site with the goal of providing workshops and events as well as her own shoemaking studio. A recent acquisition of two shipping containers intended to become bunkhouses will greatly improve life at Makerville allowing for gourmet dinners, wine and breakfast the morning after workshops. She finds serenity on 10 acres surrounded by the national monument at Pinon Flats. Debra is a voracious reader, cat lover and dedicated ham. You can find her on stage with other Makerville founders and friends performing "Mod With A Twist" thoughout Modernism Week. She considers her life to be a book with chapters … each chapter has a focus. After a career in retail store design, color, pattern, and trend research she has dedicated her next chapters to the design and making of shoes. You can see some of her creations on her website debrahovelfootwear.com, and Instagram @debrahovelfootwear.

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