As a child, Erica Ekrem was shaped by the quiet strength of the prairie, by stories her grandmother told her during long, South Dakota winters, and by her parents who raised her in intimate relationship to nature. At the heart of her offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild. Erica lives with her partner & their two children along the forested tidelines of Cascadia.
Tea Arts, Erica formally begin her tea practice after the birth of her daughter in 2007 as a way to connect more deeply to everyday life. She offers Tea Ceremony for gatherings, weddings, life transitions, reatreats, meditation sessions, and full & new moons. She is currently studying Usucha (ladle tea). Her teachers include Hilary 'Sati' Walker (Forest Tea lineage/Ryakubon ceremony), Kandis Susol (Urusenke lineage/Traditional Usucha ceremony), and the generous chajin of Global Tea Hut community & beyond (Daoist Chinese tradition.)
Book Arts, Erica's handcrafted journals have appeared in DesignSponge and Terrain: Proudly Made Series. She's a featured maker on Etsy (Short Stories & Featured Shop) and author of internationally published BOUND: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books. Her most notable work, Book of the Sea, is a biodegradable clam shell binding featured in the Paper Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She believes the practice of journaling is a potent method for grounding and navigating transformative life experiences. Her most recent project is a collaboration called LoomBound.
Graphic Design, Erica has a B.A. in Graphic Design and has been an indie designer & vision-eer for small businesses and organizations since 2004. She focuses on design for print materials, though her capabilities including formatting images for web use. She also provides photography services utilizing natural lighting. View a Selection of Erica's Design Work and 2016 Graphic Design Rates.
From sisterhood to advocating for the wild, Erica is teaming up with others to help bring change across our planet.
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird- equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast, there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand." - Mary Oliver