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, and artist. 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.
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 with it's sequel BOUND BY HAND to be released in 2018. She believes the practice of journaling is a potent method for grounding and navigating transformative life experiences. She sells handcrafted journals, under the brand LoomBound, and offers bookbinding workshops & skill shares.
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 family life. Currently, she offers Tea Sittings for gatherings, weddings, life transitions, and retreats. 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.)
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. Check out her collages and portfolio. View her 2018 Graphic Design Rates.
Erica also makes seed bead necklaces and earrings as a way to bring her love of pixels & design into tactile form.
"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