Home is the best place for me to work since we move so often! I have been lucky enough to collect various pieces during our travels that best suit me and how I work. I currently work around an old Levi’s display table that I purchased second-hand in South Carolina at a local frame shop. There are plenty of shelves underneath that hold all of my tools and materials. My papers are stored in various vintage storage units picked up during our short stays in Texas, California, and Maine.
Being an artist who works from home, I try to surround myself with little bits of happiness to keep myself inspired. Of course, paper is everywhere! I love the feel and patina of old papers, which is why I started collecting it in 2004 when I first discovered my love for making paper art. I have anything from vintage bus tickets to airline luggage tags to soap labels to matchbox labels and airmail envelopes. If you’re a paper artist or collector, let me know if you want to make a trade! I am always looking for new pieces to add to my collection.
I make use of both vintage ephemera and new acid-free card stock using a quick & a slow drying acid-free glue, depending on the size of the work. Other materials include: gouache paints, paint pens, colored-pencils, crayons, etc.
All of my work is hand-cut using a variety of tools, to include: various multi-purpose scissors, hammer & hole punch, knife & blades, compass, awl, metal ruler, bone folder, cutting mat, tweezers, etc. Check out my Instagram for videos!
I have been using the same pair of scissors to cut my work for the past 15 years. I really don’t know what I would do if I lost them!