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 

undesired isolation

 

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 be teaching a handful of short, virtual workshops at MN Center for Book Arts. Below are descriptions and you can find additional details at the Center's website.

Charting an Art Practice

Mondays: June 22 and 29; 6–7:30pm

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.” The class will include group and individual meetings.

Making a Mini Memoir

Mondays: June 22 and 29; 6–7:30pm

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.” The class will include group and individual meetings.

Also in My Repertoire:

* How to make a QuaranZine

* Zine Making in a Nutshell

* Content Development for simple, handmade books

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.


Visual Prayer

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.)
 

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