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First interest in hand papermaking process: 1976
First piece of handmade paper: 1976
First handmade paper artwork: 1977
Beginning of active practice: 1977
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Years teaching hand papermaking: 1980-2013
I have been involved full time for the past 37 years in the art & craft of making paper by hand at my studio, Terrapin Paper Mill in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the years, I have made thousands of sheets of handmade paper, experimenting with a variety of fibers, shapes, colors and textures in 2D & 3D approaches. My work has been exhibited in galleries & craft shows throughout the USA. Teaching workshops in papermaking, bookbinding & marbling to both children & adults has been a great learning opportunity for me. Some of the organizations and schools where I have taught include the Miniature Book Society, the University of Cincinnati, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Dayton Art Institute, The University of IL, Paper Circle in OH and a number of elementary schools in the Cincinnati area. I especially enjoy working with children & encouraging their creativity by exposing them to the endless possibilities that occur when you make your own paper. As an expressionist artist, I work spontaneously using colored pulps made at my studio. Combining patterned fabrics of various textures with other collage elements, I respond to the challenge of using a variety of materials in making art. Inspirations come from many sources and often involve plant forms, landscapes and figurative themes.
I imagine that other paper artists like myself have taken a number of workshops in paper related fields- book binding, marbling, paste papers, basketry, shifu, letterpress printing, woodblock printing, etching- other branches on the tree.