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ERICA EKREM

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 direct experiences with flora and fauna of the Great Plains.
    Erica is a designer, instructor, writer, artist, and mother. She offers freelance graphic design to small business & nonprofit organizations, and empowers others through skill sharing and transformational retreats. 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 (unceded Coast Salish Territory).

 

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 rhythms of life. Currently, she offers Tea Sittings for gatherings, weddings, life transitions, and retreats. She is currently 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 & Lead Designer for the non-profit For The Wild. Check out her collages and portfolio. Here are a selection of customized websites she's designed for clients: For The Wild, Soul Flour Bakery, Djuna Mascall, Sisters of the Tide.

beadweaving

In 2016, Erica learned brickstitch seed beading technique from artist Indy Genao. Since then, Erica has discovered immense joy in the process of this offscreen 'pixel arrangement'. Over the past few years beadweaving has grown into a widely popular craft, and she strives to develop her own voice and form in this contemporary genre. In 2018 she begin leading Beadweaving skillshares and will soon release Other Language– a collection of originally-designed brickstitch adornment inspired by Old Europe and nature realms.