Erica 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 relation 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 makes home with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
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 Book of the Sea– a biodegradable clam shell binding– was 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. She sells handcrafted journals under the name, 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, as well as a selection of her works. and 2018 Graphic Design Rates.
Erica also weaves seed bead jewelry 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