Profile: Deborah Weber

Deborah Weber matriculated from Crawford College Sandton in 1997 with an A aggregate. She studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts, from which she graduated in 2004. She is currently completing her MA(FA) postgraduate degree at the University of Cape Town, focusing on the theme of art collaboration.

She has worked as a Brand and Marketing Manager for WWF (2011 to 2014), Advertising Manager for Design Indaba (2007 to 2011) and Communications Manager for Cape Africa Platform (2005 to 2007). Prior to this she worked at the Bell-Roberts Gallery and interned with the Trinity Sessions. Recent collaborative art projects include (2014) the Karoo Disclosure Collaboration about fracking in the Karoo. Karoo Disclosure has been shown at Iziko’s South African Museum (2015), and recently at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum (2017). Her second collaborative project Ubulungiswa/Justice Collaboration (2015), launched at the Michaelis Graduate Exhibition (2015). She recently co-ordinated the 2017 Earth Hour Campaign for WWF-SA and Project Managed the interior installation of the WWF new green four-story building in Braamfontein. She also works closely and in collaboration with artist and Crawford alumni Gina Waldman.

She is currently working with her Fiancé Stuart Rothgiesser to build ROTH Communications while she completes her MAFA. She is also a mother of one son.

Deborah said “Crawford provided me the creative freedom to be myself and yet still achieve excellent academic results and participate in sport. Principal Morag Rees was my art teacher at the time and Janet Mclaren my Drama teacher, both these teachers had a profound lasting impact on my career and personal development. I cannot thank them enough. I also made life-long friends and business networks while at Crawford. I matriculated in the class of 1997, the first year that went from Grade 7 to matric at Crawford when the school was still situated in Killarney and Graeme Crawford was the principal. He was a passionate educator, inspiring principal, and visionary businessman. It started out as a family run school and became the success story it is today. I remember the day the school was sold and all the students received free gym memberships. The class of 1997 saw the first in many of the Crawford traditions including fashion shows and a 10-year reunion.”