EricaEkrem

A child of the Dakota prairie, Erica was shaped by the quiet strength of the flatlands, by stories her grandmother told her during long, northern winters, and through her relationships with her multi-generational family and the surrounding flora & fauna.

Erica wears the hats of designer, instructor, writer, maker, tea student, and mother of 3. She offers freelance graphic design to small business & nonprofit organizations, and empowers others through skill sharing and workshops. She urges participants to contemplate their impact on the environment, to honor those who have come before, and to choose environmentally supportive practices. She is a student of tea ceremony and a traditional folk-style bookbinder. Her ode to nature, Book of the Sea, was featured in the Paper Project at Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
    At the heart of her offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild. She makes home with her family along the forested tidelines of the San Juan Islands, WA.


book arts

Erica's handcrafted journals have appeared in DesignSponge and Terrain: Proudly Made SeriesShe's a featured maker on Etsy (Short Stories & Featured Shopand author of internationally published Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books with it's sequel Bound by Hand: Over 20 Beautifully Handcrafted Journals to be released in October 2018She believes the practice of journaling is a potent method for grounding and navigating transformative life experiences. She sells handcrafted journals, under the name LoomBound, and offers bookbinding workshops & skillshares.

the way of tea

After the birth of her daughter in 2007, Erica begin her tea practice as a way to connect more deeply with the mundane. Currently, she offers Tea Sittings for gatherings, weddings, life transitions, and retreats. She is studying Unohana (Chabako tea) and Usucha (ladle tea) temae. Her mentors include Hilary 'Sati' Walker (Forest Tea lineage/Ryakubon ceremony) and artist Kandis Susol (Urusenke lineage/Traditional Usucha ceremony), as well as inspiration from the generous chajin of Global Tea Hut community & beyond (Daoist Chinese tradition.) 

graphic + web design

Erica has a B.A. in Graphic Design and has been an independent designer for small businesses and non-profit organizations since 2004. She designs print materials, websites, & offers design consultation. She currently works as Art Director for the non-profit For The Wild. Here is a selection of her collages and portfolio and customized websites she's designed for clients can be seen here >>> For The Wild, Soul Flour Bakery, Djuna Mascall, Sisters of the Tide.

beadweaving

In 2016, Erica learned brickstitch seed beading from artist Indy Genao. Since then, Erica has found joy in the process of this offscreen 'pixel arrangement'. In 2018 she began leading Beadweaving skillshares and loves to trade her finished pieces ~inspired by old europe & nature realms~ with other makers and designers.


Connect

loombound@gmail.com
360-298-5888

Current Work

For The Wild,  Art Director | 2016+
Graphic DesignerFreelance | 2005+
Bookbinding Tutorials, Author  | 2015-18
LoomBound Journals, Owner/Artisan | 2016+
Tea Ceremony, Student  |  2007+
Soul Flour BakeryCo-Owner | 2007+
Sisters of the TideCo-Founder | 2016+