First interest in hand papermaking process: 1991
First piece of handmade paper: 1991
First handmade paper artwork: 2008
Beginning of active practice: 2008
Years teaching hand papermaking: 2009-2013
My initial exposure to papermaking was in high school with my art teacher, Lynn Fraley North. The methods she taught were simple, recycled papers in a blender method, using no adhesive besides that of the hydrogen bond. She was a great influence on me and my art making as a teenager. And while I loved the papermaking process, I did not go on to develop my art or my indepth art studies until much later in graduate school. Once in grad school, my primary education in papermaking came from my fellow students and the community that evolved from those relationships. From there I began reaching out to the larger pool of papermakers across the country (and the world). In the past few years, my primary influence has been Melissa Jay Craig, whom I've followed around the country as her teaching assistant at places such as Penland and Arrowmont. It has been an honor and a joy learning from and working with her. Her mentorship in papermaking (and bookmaking, as well) has been invaluable.