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.
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 handful of short, virtual workshops at MN Center for Book Arts. Below are course descriptions. Also, beginning in September, I will be facilitating a monthly Art Practice Circle. To register and for further details, check out the Center's website.
Art Practice Circle
September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, 7 - 8:30 pm CDT
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: September 16 + 23, 7 - 8:30 pm CDT
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 (book) arts by considering examples, conversation, writing, and “map making.”
Making a Mini Memoir
Wednesdays: September 30 + October 7; 7 - 8:30 pm CDT
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.
Learn How to Make a "Quaranzine"
Wednesdays: October 14 + 21; 7 - 8:30 pm CDT
Explore how to shape a zine related to life during the pandemic. Content might range from sharing bread-making instructions to pointers on curing cabin fever. We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, simple zine structures, tips on making multiples, plus ways to share them with friends and strangers.
Because of the pandemic, gallery exhibits are not happening at present
Usually, I invite gallery 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.
Virtual Exhibit & Artists' Talk
New works by the Interfaith Artist Circle
Sabes & St. Paul Jewish Community Center Virtual Galleries
May 31 - August 31, 2020
There is a beautiful video about a handful of the featured artists in our group. I think it is very much worth seeing. (I am not featured in this virtual exhibit.)