At Carleton I was a studio art major, focusing on photography and bookbinding; worked as a wood shop monitor for all four years; founded Anime Society with my friends; spent a summer on Arb Crew; and earned a French concentration certificate.  I participated in two off campus study programs: Art History in The Netherlands and Français in France.

After graduation I continued traveling, first working as the Art Director of a summer camp in South Korea and then after 3 months in Korea I ended up living in Shanghai for a year, teaching Japanese Bookbinding, ESL, and traveling all around China.  Another stint at a summer camp, this time in Cape Cod as Director of Woodworking.  Then I found myself living in Burlington, Vermont – skiing and working in a photo lab and thought, “It’s time for graduate school.”  I earned an MFA in Industrial Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2004.  After graduation I moved to Los Angeles for love and worked as an independent consultant in the sustainable packaging industry and started Viridor Design LLC.  Kept the man & ditched L.A. for the stars (and the clear night skies of Flagstaff, Arizona – my partner, an astronomer, took a tenure-track position at Lowell Observatory).

We love high altitude living in Flagstaff: the stunning scenery, progressive community, and endless outdoor opportunities of the spectacular Southwest sold us; we bought a house, got hitched, and made the Grand Canyon State our home.  My focus returned to the fine arts and I rented studio space in the downtown arts district on historic Route 66 to open Viridor Design Paper Arts Studio.  We will feature handmade papers, pulp paintings, paper sculptures, and hand-bound books & boxes, as well as offer local workshops.  Spent half a year renovating the 1920’s building which features 16’ ceilings, an exposed brick wall, original wooden support trusses, a wood ceiling, skylights, and large north-facing windows.  Formerly a radio broadcasting studio, the renovations preserved a sound-proof room to house the 2lb Reina Beater.  The 800 square foot studio is also equipped with a 12 ton Aardvark Press and a Reina Designs Dry Box.  Grand Opening to the public is set for the First Friday Art Walk on June 4, 2010.

From April through October I volunteer as a docent leading tours at The Arboretum at Flagstaff, 200 acres showcasing the flora and fauna of the Colorado Plateau.  I am a RadioActive (board member) for KNAU, our local NPR station.  Also on the board for our HOA – dull issues of road maintenance and snow removal.  I maintain my ties to Minnesota and return to our family cabin near Hackensack on Big Deep Lake as often as possible.  I also serve as a trustee for the nature center across the lake, Deep Portage Learning Center, kayaking to meetings at the beautiful 6,307 acre campus.