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What a benign sounding medium. Most people do not “get” my attraction to paper, but I think that I was born with it. I have a vivid memory of being handed an old mimeographed sheet in grade school and being directed to turn it over and draw on it for “art” class. It smelled great (as anyone over 45 will no doubt remember) but even at age 7 I thought that if something was worth my time and effort it was worth a nice, clean sheet of paper. Though I now avidly recycle and re-use papers in my printer I draw the line (with some exceptions) when it comes to art materials. I have always loved even the feel of paper and one of the things that I would often use my allowance money to buy was packages of Origami paper – even though I never quite mastered the craft. The potential that those packages offered was just too enticing…….and still is. Fast forward to college – French Major to Art Major/Jewelry to Art Major/Textiles to “oops” I…

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  • Joined March 16, 2011

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What a benign sounding medium. Most people do not “get” my attraction to paper, but I think that I was born with it. I have a vivid memory of being handed an old mimeographed sheet in grade school and being directed to turn it over and draw on it for “art” class. It smelled great (as anyone over 45 will no doubt remember) but even at age 7 I thought that if something was worth my time and effort it was worth a nice, clean sheet of paper. Though I now avidly recycle and re-use papers in my printer I draw the line (with some exceptions) when it comes to art materials. I have always loved even the feel of paper and one of the things that I would often use my allowance money to buy was packages of Origami paper – even though I never quite mastered the craft. The potential that those packages offered was just too enticing…….and still is. Fast forward to college – French Major to Art Major/Jewelry to Art Major/Textiles to “oops” I graduated. Eight years of Feltmaking, Weaving, Stitchery, 2 Kids and the creative spark was starting to extinguish itself so I enrolled in an adult ed Bookbinding class where you could not only use paper to make pages, but also covers and endpapers and the possibilities seemed endless. That’s all it took – I had re-kindled my passion for paper. Bookbinding led me work with the medium I was born to and am still in love with. Of course I haven’t made a traditional “bound” book in years but those skills are still present in my boxes and pretty much everything else I create. I even incorporate small, handmade felt pieces and bits of metal into my work. Recycling skills is how I see it.

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