Deborah Risa Mrantz is founder, Executive Director and CCMO of GUILDWORKScompanies deXgnHYVE llc, and iABRAHAM inc. (sister) nonprofit organization. With nearly four decades of creative proficiencies and professional experience as fifth-generation in a family of designers, brand/ID strategists, publishing/printing, marketing & advertising professionals, Deborah’s combined expertise in multisensory media and design, her training as a metal sculptor, composer and sound-architect and her work in lay street-chaplaincy have led to her conceiving and building GUILDWORKS.
Deborah's journey into seminary has re-formed long-held arts vocations and lay chaplaincy. GUILDWORKS coheres her life's work into a faith-based artists guild whose members re-envision works that are faith-informed, spiritually searching or ecumenically engaged.
Deborah's work speaks into spiritual crossroads, converging planes in Abrahamic traditions meeting in root and origin of Word. For people of the book (biblical scripture), language and letterforms make the infinitely divine building blocks of creation-where through the logos (λόγος), In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (JN 1:1). Heavens and firmament actualize embodied and complete.
The foundational artworks of GUILDWORKS compel shaping faith by visually sculpted language. GUILDWORKS’ design works are informed by holy texts and the unspoken but clearly denoted semantics of typographic forms. Loving language and letters, I remain captivated by their mystique and substance–by how they invoke and evoke God’s grace, reforming creative genesis from a foundry of reciprocal relationship to the Divine. As a designer of distinctly modern sensibilities I continue to turn toward emulating the sublime in formal and found-art of God's manifest creation, encouraged by the example of Saint Paul who used the cultural artifacts at hand, and in a radical move also bent them toward the Gospel—a means of grace.
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