Since the early 1990s, I’ve been happily working with books and with paper — alone and with others.
I enjoy making tiny books and zines. I also love making paper bowls. I attach threads of text to their inside walls. I think these bowls have a lot in common with books.
And what about content? The central themes in my work are the central questions in my life. How do we shape a day, a week, our communal life? How can we participate in the repairing of the world?
My work can be found in public collections, on kitchen bulletin boards, and in the occasional handbag. I have been recognized with a Minnesota Book Artist Award for my body of work and contributions to the book arts community, and supported by the MN State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. I feel grateful for it all.
Don’t let your sorrow
come higher than your knees
— Swedish Proverb
The Art of Social Connection
A tiny offering of art practices during quarantine and other times of
I started on Day 3 of our Minnesota statewide stay-at-home order. Working on it gave me joy.
Click here to download copies Folding instructions are included. If you don't have a printer, send me your address and I will mail you one.
. . . May you
always do for others
and let others do for you . . .
— Bob Dylan
A tiny selection of the Interfaith Artist Circle's Visual Prayer Project
Click here to download copies of the Visual Prayer zine.
. . . and Click here to download instructions on how to fold and make an 8-page zine of your own.
MN Center for Book Arts now has an on-line shop, which among many other neat things, features my tiny books and zines. If you'd like additional photos and information about these, please send me a note.
About the image: A handful of zines made by students at MCBA and Augsburg University.
I am happy to announce that I will again be teaching a couple of short, virtual workshops at MN Center for Book Arts. Below are course descriptions. I also facilitate a monthly Art Practice Circle at the Center. To register and for further details, check out the MCBA's website.
Art Practice Circle
on an on-going basis
6 - 7:30 pm CST
Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly, community space to listen and share about art-making during this time of physical separation. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage each other, to be an audience for each others’ work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will have time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in-progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress.
Charting an Art Practice
Wednesdays, February 10 & 17
7 - 8:30 pm CST
Art making offers marvelous ways to relate and connect even at times of physical distancing and uninvited isolation. Professionals and amateurs alike grapple with: How to establish a daily practice, how to respect limitations and make peace with uncertainty, how to create realistic goals and work toward them. This participatory workshop will provide ways to shape a life in the arts by considering examples, conversation, writing, and "map making." The class will include both large and small group conversations.
Making a Mini Memoir
Wednesdays, March 3 & 10
5 - 6:30 pm CST
Even when we must practice physical distancing, art making offers us powerful ways to relate and connect. Explore mini memoirs and how bits of your life can be shaped into a meaningful form. We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, simple zine or book structures, and tips on making multiples.
Because of the pandemic,
it's not easy to visit galleries at present
Usually, I invite visitors to touch and hold my work. Since this will not be possible for some time, I've asked partner-in-life, Michael, to make a short video of one of my projects. You can see it here.
Interfaith Artists Circle
founded by the Jewish Women Artist Circle
Our group combines study and art. We select spiritual themes, invite religious leaders and other scholars in the community to teach us, and then create artworks inspired by our studies.
The group includes women from a diversity of faith: Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Quaker, Buddhist, and Muslim.
Discover the entire body of work by the 19 women in the Interfaith Artist Circle.