ABOUT ME


My interest in papermaking began nearly twenty years ago as a search for unique stationery for my personal use. It started in my kitchen with a kit and processed pulp. 

I soon outgrew the kitchen and found studio space at with a local Artists Cooperative. This lively and creative environment nurtured my new passion and I was soon marketing stationery and notebooks made with my paper.

I progressed for the next few years, mixing processed pulp with fibers I began harvesting. I experimented more and more with my own fibers until I eventually made a clean break with processed pulps and focused entirely on plant fibers. Since that time, I have used only local plant fibers that I harvest and process myself.

Over the years, I have expanded my range and now make lamps, garden lights, framed pieces and my ever changing stationery. I continue to grow and am constantly searching for new fibers to try. I am still excited by the textures and colors of nature and strive to always use these as a foundation for any work I do.

My Studio is now in our Fairburn basement and I am added printmaking to my resume. The ink on natural fibers add a depth and new dimension to my work. I have been using leaves and bits of nature as my plates which has resulted in some very vivid "etchings. I hope to find the time to explore this process more in the near future.



ABOUT THE PAPER

For me, the whole process - from searching for the fibers - cooking and processing them - then finally making the paper - is a very exciting journey. And actually making the paper is only the beginning. Often, I will find some interesting materials and make the paper without even know what I will do with finished product. The paper will sit bundled on my work table taunting me until things fall into place.

My paper is usually heavily textured and tactile and for me has a sense of place. I know  story of the fibers from start to finish.