I am a visual artist from Fort Dodge, Iowa. My interest in fashion accessories and the influence of a book artist led me to design purses from recycled books which I began doing in 2003. Soon after I had a house full of books and piles of book pages. I wanted to use as much of each book as possible and began to create necklaces, pins and magnets, clocks and 2D quote prints with the pages. My favorite books are the older ones with interesting covers… I also love digging through different book titles to find just the right title to go with my quote prints.
Quote prints and necklaces have really become my main focus over the past few years. My most popular prints are for teachers and family.
I enjoy disassembling and reassembling items into something new. My main focus is books but I also create using other recycled items from time to time but mostly for myself.
In addition I work full time as the Outreach Coordinator for a local Community Health Center where I plan events, do social media and marketing. In the past I have held professional rolls in sales, graphic design and website and social media. I have a BFA from Iowa State University and have also worked as a museum educator at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
I still enjoy teaching an art class at local shops, museums and galleries when time allows. I have taught both children and adults in a variety of mediums.
I am active in the arts community and I serve on the Board of Trustees at the Blanden, I am a past member of the Fort Dodge Area Camera Club and former president of the Iowa Cultural Coalition a state wide advocacy group.