About Me

The reason you find me here is my desire to share my passion for pulp swimming in a vat, the paper it makes, the threads in the fabric, images, and all the divine things we can create from all these things with ideas, skills, tools, fiber and ink.

As an only child growing up in the suburbs of Detroit I occupied myself with yarn,  fabric , thread, and an old sewing machine, which I had to run by hand as I was too young to plug it in as that would make it a dangerous instrument,  or so my mother thought. I cut and pasted magazine images onto the door of my bedroom in collage fashion for the inspiration they offered. 

In college I started as a textile design major. At that point in my life I chickened out on the creative path and went with a more practical career that ended up a long way from artistic creativity. My day job is in the medical world.  

In the year 2000 I attended an art retreat on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. I had no idea what I would do there.  As it happened there was paper making equipment available and two women who had lots of experience introduced me to the joy of paper making. From the  moment I dipped the mold into the vat and created a piece of paper I was hooked.  Taking the dried sheets of paper off the drying screen was like Christmas every time. 

Since that time I have gone in search of educational opportunities in the art of hand made paper, book arts, and calligraphy all over the country.  I hope to keen expanding my search and learning. The history of paper and book arts fascinates me. Creating a surface for putting down words and images is a large part of what makes us human in my opinion. 

Nature is often where I find my inspiration. Being outdoors is my preference for activities. Cross Country skiing (helps us survive the northern Michigan weather), snorkeling (we love escaping to the Caribbean), hiking, biking and kayaking are all pursuits of ours. Beyond all that I am married to a wonderful man and have two grown sons. One lives in Chicago, the other in Bend Oregon. Both great places to visit. I am in my last year or two before retirement from being an insurance biller for a practice of three hand surgeons.
You may find my thoughts on home improvement, photography, food and calligraphy here as well. No telling what may show up in my brain. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog, Linda. I can see by dipping into your posts here that you are in full creative flight. I hope your year continues to be filled with exciting adventures in art!


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