Here is a bit about me, the work I do, and how you can contact me if you’re interested in working together:
A lot of people ask me what I do, or they want to know how I make a living being an artist, or they want to live vicariously through what sounds like an exciting and glamorous life. Being an artist is a lot like having any other job, except that it doesn’t always feel like a choice I made. It often feels like a path that chose me—a calling if you will—and on a daily basis it looks a lot like running a small business: managing current projects while keeping my eyes on the horizon for new, engaging opportunities.
Ultimately, I am artist because the act of creating sustains me as a human being. Art provides me with a means of expression of ideas and a way to connect with other people. I love to solve problems: in life, in the studio, and in the classroom. It extends far beyond the physical objects that I make, and permeates the way I see the world. If you are interested in getting more of a behind-the-scenes look at my process and projects, while also supporting the work I do, you can join my Postcard of the Month Club.
I regularly teach at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts. Their current class roster is here. I also teach private and small group classes there, so if you are interested in some one-on-one or small group instruction outside of regularly scheduled classes, send me an email with what you have in mind and we can set something up! I generally recommend a three hour minimum for a project or class, depending on complexity.
Another project I am proud to be a part of is Proof Public, a collective of printers, artists, and designers that uses letterpress printing as a tool for social change by providing access to underserved and marginalized communities. Over the past two years, we have hosted numerous open houses and last year, we launched a residency program! Everything that happens at Proof Public is currently run by volunteers, and we welcome extra hands and membership support to help offset operational costs.
This year I am opening my studio, located in Northeast Minneapolis, to share it with others through open studio evenings, classes, and weekly artist co-working. While I treasure my alone time in the studio, I also appreciate all the activity, excitement, and encouragement that happens when I get out of my own head and talk and make with others. I am slowly building a calendar of classes, with just a few spots each in the first half of 2019. As I create this, I am curious to know what kinds of classes people are interested in taking, so if you have something in mind, send me an email!
Occasionally, I will take on commissioned work or print jobs. If you are interested in hiring me to make something for you, send me an email with a brief description of what you have in mind. These projects generally start at $750 and go up from there depending on complexity and scale, (business cards are the exception to the rule. Those start at $200 for a minimum of 100 cards printed in one color).
If you are interested in working together or learning more about any of these, head over to my contact page and send me a message.