First interest in hand papermaking process: 2007
First piece of handmade paper: 2008
First handmade paper artwork: 2008
Beginning of active practice: 2009
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Years teaching hand papermaking: 2010 - present
I came to hand papermaking as a visual artist who wanted a drawing support that could be as large as I imagined. Little did I know how quickly I would fall in love with the medium of handmade paper. I had the magnificent luck of studying at the University of Iowa with Timothy Barrett for one year (2008 - 09). Learning first the craft of creating the finest paper possible with Tim, I was later introduced to the more sculptural and ?fine art? properties of papermaking when I took a workshop with Anne Marie Kennedy, also at the University of Iowa. These two events changed the course of my artmaking practice. I have continued to make paper since my formal studies. I completed a residency for hand papermaking at the Women?s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, in 2010, where I met Tana Kellner. Later in the same year, I traveled to Wonju, South Korea, for my first IAPMA congress and learned about Korean hand papermaking. I currently reside in Philadelphia, PA, where I annually process locally growing red and white mulberry plants, as well as broussonetia papyrifera, from empty urban lots and side yards, and at the beginning of 2013, I acquired a Valley beater so I can process typical Western fibers as well. It is part of my future plan to establish a papermaking studio with community classes in Philadelphia.