Erica Ekrem

A child of the Dakota prairie, Erica was shaped by the quiet strength of flatlands, by stories her grandmother told her during long, Northern winters, and through her relationships with the surrounding flora & fauna. She dedicates her work to these foundational influences.

Erica balances the roles of designer, instructor, writer, maker, tea student, wife and mother to 3. She offers freelance graphic design to small business & nonprofit organizations (For The Wild), and empowers others through skill sharing and workshops. 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.

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: Over 20 Beautifully Handcrafted Journals released in October 2018. She believes the practice of journaling is a potent method for grounding and navigating transformative life experiences. She offers handcrafted journals at www.loombound.com.

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 Orcas Island, WA.

 

Erica will be sharing Book Craeft.