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First interest in hand papermaking process: 1988
First piece of handmade paper: 1988
First handmade paper artwork: 1988
Beginning of active practice: 1988
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Years teaching hand papermaking: 1995-present
From 1997 - 2000 I was the Program Director for Dieu Donne Papermill. Prior to that I was the graduate assistant in the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper working on artist collaborations and teaching. I wrote a print-on-demand book called Pulp, A Love Story: My Serbian Affair with Papermaking about the papermaking studio I built at the University of Belgrade in 2006, which is still in use today. Since coming to Columbia College Chicago in 2008, I worked with Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe of the Venezuelan Yanomami community bringing him to Chicago to work with my graduate students to create limited hand papermaking editions expressing his creation histories in the medium. In 2011, two of my students (Haley Nagy and Maggie Puckett) went with me to work with 10 artists to make a modern interpretation of a Yanomami myth, I taught and created the sisal handmade paper sheets for the book. Currently, I am co-curating an exhibition with Jessica Cochran called Social Paper: Hand Papermaking in the Context of Socially Engaged Art funded by Clinton Hill and Crafts Research Fund. Maggie Puckett and I will launch a new program in the new Papermaker's Garden at Columbia College Chicago called Seeds InService, a collaboration with the Hull House Seed Library making plants from local heirloom seeds.
I will distribute this among my students and encourage them to participate. I also forgot to mention in the last one: my colleague and I received a generous grant from Columbia College to explore electroluminescent and speaker embedding in handmade flax paper, a project called Handmade Media.