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 few 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
November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5,
6 - 7:30 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.
Making a Mini Memoir
2 sessions of this class will be offered again in January and March
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.
Charting an Art Practice
A session will again be offered in February
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.
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
A couple exhibits are planned for fall. I will note details as they become available.