I began studying art design in second grade as I spied out my classmates use of color for “November,” a seasonally themed picture outline we were given each month by our teacher, Mrs. Turner. Color and design became an obsession thereafter. My grandmother Alice taught me embroidery with crazy quilt stitching when I was nine and introduced me to nature with a devoted hand toward plants. With leaves & flowers, needle & thread, I entered the world of craft making. It was my mother who made me the family story keeper.
I was introduced to letterpress printing in 1989 by Rayna Holtz and Mary Shackelford at Laughing Dog Press on Vashon Island, WA. After a year long apprenticeship, I designed, and printed my first book, Making Poetry Appear. With no motor or treadle on the C&P, I turned the wheel and fed the paper by myself. Influenced by the vision of Rayna and Mary, I launched May Day Press on May 1st, 1992. I now print on a Vandercook 4 and a 10x15 C & P located by the South Salish Sea, near Shelton, WA. Here I work amidst cedars, ravens, and eagles overhead, and trilliums, salal, and mahonia underfoot. In 2011, to re-inform my art practice, I enrolled in The Evergreen State College in Olympia where I focused on film & video and writing creative non-fiction.
Through artist books my creative worlds merge: I gravitate to plants for image making, immerse myself in research, collect, and write. I bring image and text together through needle and thread, highlighting sewing in much of my work. Recently influenced by early 20th century poets and book artists who were inspired by the moving image at the advent of film and who largely drove the experimental film movement in Europe, I straddle the 15th century of letterpress and the 21st century of film and videography, reveling in moving word and image on the screen through light, sound, and color.
I am Cherokee/Choctaw/mixed European on my mother’s side and German/Polish on my father’s side. Cultural exploration has driven my printmaking and writing practice, and migrated into videopoetry and video-essay. Family is another crazy quilt in the making – unraveling while being sewn. I honor my grandmother Alice, born on the Blue River in Oklahoma, who showed me the way of beauty and gifted me the world.
AWARDS & SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS
2017 Craft in America, interview for "Nature" episode premiered on PBS.
2016 Artist Focus, The Gallery at Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts.
2015 Featured Artist – "Art from the Ground Up" Bainbridge Is. Museum of Art, educ. program.
2011 The Evergreen State College Foundation Scholarship for Achievement in the Arts, WA
2000 Northwest Bookfest – Artist’s Book Third Choice, Seattle, WA
1997 Northwest Bookfest – Honorable Mention, Seattle, WA
1996 Bumbershoot Book Award – Best Letterpress Design, Seattle, WA
SOLO SHOWS—Artist's books
2017 Talisman & Entelechy, Mortlake & Co., Seattle, WA
2016 Imprinted & Unbound, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Is., WA
2014 Hello May Day Press, Stable Studios, Olympia, WA
2011 Quintessence, University of Puget Sound, Collins Library, Tacoma, WA
2008 Under Pressure, Art's Walk/Einmalien's, Olympia, WA
2007 May Day Press: 15 Years of Artist’s Books, John Wilson Room, Portland, OR
2002 Floralia, Tenth Anniversary Show, Wessel & Lieberman, Seattle, WA
1999 Stack the Deck, Wessel & Lieberman, Seattle, WA
GROUP SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS—Artist's books
2017 Nature: Highlights from the Episode. Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, CA
Animation + Printing, NY Center for Book Arts, NY, NY
Celestial Navigations, Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts, Bainbridge Is., WA
Interwoven Stories, The Center for Memory, Peace, & Reconciliation, Bogota, Colombia.
2016 Just One Look: an exhibition of contemporary book arts exploring the theme of women and vision, Allen Library, UW, Seattle, WA (commission)
The Story Depends on the Teller: Book Arts in the Pacific NW, PLU, Tacoma, WA
Pressing West, The Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2015 DIRT? Collins Memorial Library, UPS, Tacoma, WA
Carpe Librum, The Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2014 Ink This! Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Reverse Ekphractic, Washington State Department of Commerce, Olympia, WA
2013 Miniscule and Moveable, Collins Gallery, Portland, OR
The Big (Bad) Bug Show, The Gallery, Bainbridge Is., WA
2011 BOOKWORKS! Museum of Art and History, Lewis & Clark College, Lewiston, ID
The Moon, The Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2010 Book + Art, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, Duke Univ., NC
The Illusion of Depth: Paper Sculpture, The Gallery, Bainbridge Is., WA
Pop-Up Now! 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 The Beautiful Book, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
Book + Art = Contemporary Artists Books, Collins Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 Outside the Book, Arizona Museum for Youth, Mesa, AZ
Sacred Texts/Contemporary Forms, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, WI
Engendered, Blackwater Café, Tacoma, WA
Gadzooks! Amazing Books, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA
The Printed Page, Print Arts Northwest Gallery, Portland, OR
2006 Treasures of the John Wilson Special Collections, Multnomah Co. Library, Portland, OR
2005 Pushing the Margins: NW Book Arts, White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, OR
Lead Thread, Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2004 Mark My Word: text, code, and literary allusion, Museum of NW Art, WA
Persistent Print: an exhibition of Broadsides, Allen Library, UW, Seattle, WA
2002 Unique Handmade Books, exhibition, SF Library, Skylight Gallery, SF, CA
The Graphic Image: Contemporary Printmaking, Shoreline CC, Seattle, WA
“We are all strangers bound by the same spirits,” Allen Library, UW, Seattle, WA
The Living Is Easy, University House at Wallingford, Seattle, WA
2001 Reading the Cards, SF Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
Western Books Traveling Exhibition, Rounce & Coffin CLub, LA, CA
2000 The Graphic Image, Contemporary Printmakers, Shoreline CC, Seattle, WA
Book Explorations 2000,The New Art Forum, Kingston, MA
Form Follows Fantasy, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA
Art & Healing, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA
1999 Open Sesame: the Magic of Word, Image, & Form, WWU, Bellingham, WA
1998 Artists, Books and Print 1980-1995: Highlights, Allen Library, UW, Seattle, WA
Westward Bound, Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
Image & Impression, WA State Convention Ctr., Seattle, WA
1997 Open Book: A Survey of Contemporary Book Arts in the NW, Whitman College, WA
Books Like You've Never Seen, Loussac Library, Anchorage, AK
This Is Not A Book, Summer Song Gallery," Seattle, WA
1996 Turning The Page, Int’l Exhibition, Academy Art Ctr., Honolulu, HI
Science Imagined, Berkeley Arts Center, CA
The Book As Art, Steamboat Springs Art Council, Steamboat Springs, CO
Printmakers of Puget Sound, North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA
Timber! National Printmaker Invitational, Silverwood Gallery, Vashon Island, WA
ImPRESSED, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
1994 The Art of the Book, Fortner Books, Bainbridge Island, WA
Handmade Book Show, Seattle Book Center, Seattle, WA
1991 Works on Paper, Souvenirs of the Soul Gallery, Stanwood, WA
Image Word Form: The Book Arts in the Pacific NW, Allen Library, UW, Seattle, WA
Constant, Paul. "These Comics Grab Back," The Seattle Review of Books, July 11, 2017. Web.
Dudley, Laura and Wendy Huntington. Under the Wings of Artemis: The Crossroads of Scholarship and Art. “N.P.” 2014. Print.
Golden, Alisa. Making Handmade Books. New York: Lark Crafts, 2010. Print.
Golden, Alisa. Unique Handmade Books. New York: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., 2001. Print.
Huntington, Wendy, Sarah Kate Moore, and Lauren Dudley. Just One Look: An Exhibition of Contemporary Book Arts. David Brady, Seattle, 2016.
Jury, David and Peter Rutledge Koch, ed. Book Art Object 2. Berkeley: The Codex Foundation, 2013. Print.
Kroupa, Sandra. “A Thousand Years of Books.” Library Directions, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2002. Print.
Godfrey, Megan. "The Universe is Made of Stories . . ." Traditional Five Element Acupuncture. Feb. 18th, 2017. Web.
LaGrave, Karen and Maitri Sojourner. South Sound Women Artists: Our Sense of Place.
Olympia: Big Blue Marble, 2009. Print.
LaPlantz, Shereen. The Art & Craft of Handmade Books. New York: Lark Books, 2001. Print.
Marks, Emily. Thread Loves Paper: Contemporary Artist Books, Sonoma: Emily Marks, 2012. Print.
Miller, Steve. 500 Handmade Books. New York: Lark Publishing, 2008. Print.
Multnomah County Library, Without Ellipses ..., Tumblr. Web. May 1st, 2015.
O’Connell, Robert. Craft in America’s “Nature” Episode Premiers, American Craft Council.
Thursday, April 20, 2017. Web.
Ponnekanti, Rosemary. The News Tribune, “The art of dirt: Art, poetry, and science delve deep in UPS library’s new exhibit: ‘Dirt?’ ” September 10, 2015. Web.
Real to Reel International Film Festival, Craft in America's documentary "Nature" episode, 2017. King's Mountain, North Carolina. On site.
2017 Tiny Bunny Print Exchange. The Not So Secret Society of Bunny Benevolence, Seattle, WA
2002 Pandora’s Box. EPICENTER, Columbia College Chicago, IL
2001 From the Kitchen Of The Ladies Printing Bee. MKimberly Press, McCall, ID
1997 Exquisite Horse. Silver Buckle Press, University of Madison, WI
1995 The Ladies Printing Bee. Street of Crocodiles Press, Seattle, WA
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS—Artist's books
2017 Print Action – Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, CA
Presenter – Soil Dwellers: Readings/Panel. The Evergreen State Library, Olympia, WA
Presenter – Growing & Sewing. Book Arts Guild, Seattle, WA
Presenter – Eye on Artist, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA
Presenter – Artist's Book Talks, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA
2016 Presenter – ARLIS luncheon, private residence, Bainbridge, WA
2015 Panelist – Uncovering the Artist Book, Bainbridge Is. Museum of Art, Bainbridge, WA
2011 Lecture – Printer & Poet: in Collaborative Spirit, Collins Library, UPS, Tacoma, WA
2010 Panelist – ReadOn WriteOn VashOn, Vashon Island, WA
2007 Presenter – Book Arts Guild of Seattle. Seattle, WA
2001 Presenter – Book Arts in the Pacific NW, Multnomah Co. Library, Portland, OR
2000 Presenter – Northwest Bookfest, Making Artist’s Books Then & Now. Seattle, WA
1997 Presenter – Artists After Hours - Poets After Dark, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Juror – Northwest Bookfest Artist's Book Show. Seattle, WA
Panelist – Fine Press Collaborations, Northwest Bookfest, Seattle, WA
RELATED EXPERIENCE— Book arts
1999 Instigator – Stack the Deck: 22 Artists Mark the Cards. May Day Press, Vashon, WA
1997 Curator – "Art & Soul of the Handmade Book." Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA
1989 Flight of the Mind Writing Workshop – poetry with Judith Barrington
1979 Southern Oregon Writer's Conference – poetry with William Stafford
PUBLICATIONS—Essays, Poetry, & Prints
Blood, Erma, ed. “Dressing For Success: No I Don’t Need Your Help.” Grab Back Comics: Acts of Love and Resistance, 2017.
Bryant, Tisa, Miranda Mellis, Kate Schatz, eds. “Mythopoeia.” Encyclopedia Project M-Z. Encyclomedia, 2017.
Flenniken, Kathleen, Tom Robbins, Catherine Alice Michaelis. "Three Poems from Washington State Part II." Washington Humanities Blog. Humanities Washington, n.d. Web. 19 July, 2017.
Mapes, Diane, ed. “Making Poetry Appear.” The Work We Do. Vashon: VAA, 1994. Print.
Marks, Emily, ed. “Plant Dyes from the Kitchen.” Thread Loves Paper: Contemporary Artist Books. Sonoma: Marks, 2012. Print.
Lilacs Wilting on Nancy’s Bonnet, cover image. Yakima: Blue Begonia Press, 2001. Print
Marshall, Tod. "Ozette Beach." WA129: Poems selected by Tod Marshall, State Poet Laureate. Sage Hill Press, 2017. Print.
Moe, Frederick, ed. “Origami.” Elemental Poems 2. Warner: 700 Elves Press, 1992. Print.
Shea, Mikaela, ed. "Thinning Light." 3Elements Review, Summer Issue, July, 2017. Web.
Tyler, Morgan, ed. “Granny in the Blue Pickup.” Glyphs. San Antonio: Dented Press, 1992. Print.
O’Connor, Mike, ed. “The Why & How of Printing the Matchbooks.” Galley Gab, No.5, 2007. Web.
Schwab, Lauren, Mathew Conyers, ed. "Daisies #2" and "Hollyhock #1." Calliope: Cascadia Issue No. 1. 2018. Print.
Wixon, Vince, ed. “Climbing.” KSOR Guide to the Arts. Ashland: KSOR, 1989. Print
SELECT TEACHING EXPERIENCE—Book Arts & Videopoetry
2017 Printmaking – Craft in America's Education program at Rosewood Elementary, Fairfax
H.S., and Clinton Middle School – Los Angeles, CA
Printmaking – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Bainbridge Island, WA
Book Arts Guild, Seattle, WA
2015 Videopoetry, Olympia High School, Olympia, WA
2014–15 Printmaking instructor, Pope Press Olympia, Olympia, WA
2013 Cinépoetry guest instructor, KCTV, Olympia, WA
2007–09 Book arts guest instructor, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
2003 Letterpress instructor, Naropa University Summer Writer’s Program, Boulder, CO
2001–04 Book arts instructor, Cancer Lifeline, Seattle, WA
1997–03 Book arts instructor, Oregon Book Arts Guild Conference, Portland, OR
1995–97 Book arts Instructor, Sev Shoon Art Center, Seattle, WA
1990–97 Book arts instructor, Blue Heron Center for the Arts, Vashon Island, WA
FESTIVALS AND CITATIONS—Videopoetry & Animation
Bonta, Dave, ed. Moving Poems. “Come the Apocalypse.” July11, 2013. Web.
March, Jen, curator. “Here.” Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival. Minneapolis, MN. 2013. On site.
March, Jen, curator. “Near Misses.” Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival. Minneapolis, MN. 2013. On site.
Goss, Erica. “Three Video Poems from Artists Under Forty.” The Third Form with Erica Goss, September 2013. Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. Issue I Vol. VI: Sept. 2014. Web.
Olympia Film Festival, Crackpot Crafters. 35mm direct animation, November, 2015. On site.
2011-14 BA –Media Arts & Creative Nonfiction, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
1979-80 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS—Artist's books
Allegheny College, Pelletier Library, Meadville, PA
Art Institute of Chicago, Flaxman Library, Chicago, IL
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge, WA
Baylor University, Special Collections, Waco, TX
Bennington College, North Bennington, VT
Boise State University, Boise, ID
Bowling Green State University, Jerome Library, Bowling Green, OH
British Library, West Yorkshire, England
Broward County Library, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Brown University, Providence, RI
Carleton College, Gould Library, Northfield, MN
Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library, PA
Cerritos Public Library, Cerritos, CA
Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, CA
CSU East Bay, Special Collections, Hayward, CA
Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH
Dennison University, Doane Library, Granville, OH
Denver Public Library, Douglas Collection, Denver, CO
Duke University, Durham, NC
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Florida State University, Strozier Library, FL
Franklin & Marshall College Library, Lancaster, PA
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
George Mason University, Fairfax County, VA
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Heard Museum of American Indian Art, Phoenix, AZ
Indiana University Purdue, Indianapolis, IN
Maine College of Art, Waxman Library, Portland, ME
Mills College, Oakland, CA
Multnomah County Library, John Wilson Room, Portland, OR
New School University Library, New York, NY
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Northeastern University, Boston, NY
Oberlin College, Monographs Department, Oberlin, OH
Occidental College Library, Los Angeles, CA
Ohio State University, Fine Arts Library, Columbus, OH
Ohio University, Vernon Alden Library, Athens, OH
Otis College of Design Library, Los Angeles, CA
Parson's Fashion Institute, Gimbel Library, New York, NY
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, AZ
Regis University Library, Weston, MA
Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL
Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archives of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, FL
Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, CA
Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah and Atalanta, GA
Seattle, Public Library, Seattle, WA
Seattle University, A.A. Lemieux Library, Seattle, WA
Scripps College, Ella Strong Denison Library, Claremont, CA
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Smith College, North Hampton, MA
Southern Connecticut State University, Buley Library, CN
Stanford University, Special Green Library, Stanford, CA
Texas Tech. University Library, Special Collections, Lubbock, TX
The Evergreen State College Library, Special Collections, Olympia, WA
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Union College, Schafer Library Special Collections, Schenectady, NY
UC Berkeley, Environmental Design Library, Berkeley, CA
UC Irvine, Special Collections, Irvine, CA
UC San Diego, Special Collections, San Diego, CA
UC Santa Barbara, Special Collections, Davidson Library, Santa Barbara, CA
UC Santa Cruz, McHenry Library, Santa Cruz, CA
UCLA, Special Collections and Young Research Library, Los Angeles, CA
University of Arizona, Special Collections, Tucson, AZ
University of Colorado, Norlin Library, Boulder, CO
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
University of Denver, Penrose Library, Denver, CO
University of Florida, Smathers Library, FL
University of Georgia, Rare Books, Athens, GA
University of Iowa, Main Library, Iowa City, IA
University of Louisville, Bridwell Art Library, Louisville, KY
University of Michigan, Hatcher Library, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
University of New Mexico, Fine Arts Library and Olin Library, Albuquerque, NM
University of North Carolina, Special Collections, Greensboro, NC
University of Oregon, Knight Library, Eugene, OR
University of Puget Sound, Collins memorial Library, Tacoma, WA
University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
University of Utah, Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, UT
University of Vermont, Bailey Howe Library, Burlington, VT
University of Washington, Allen Library, Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI
Wesleyan University, Olin Library, Special Collections, Middletown, CT
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Yale University, New Haven, CT