Nan has been making paper by hand since 1994 when she took a class and then did another semester of independent study with Walter Hamady at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was during that summer that Nan visited a friend’s farm in Belleville, Wisconsin and harvested corn stalks and husks right from the field. She brought the plants to the paper studio to make into paper. She learned a lot from that first experiment.
Nan later joined the Wisconsin Center for Book & Paper Arts, a non-profit hand papermaking studio in Madison. During the next thirteen years she made thousands of sheets of paper; served on the Board as President, Treasurer and Secretary; and wrote grants. She organized exhibits for Gallery Night in Madison, She continued her study of plant fiber papermaking and book arts. She has taught children and adults how to make paper, marble paper, bind books, create paper vessels and more. In 2008 the Center closed but Nan continues to make paper by hand and shares the experience with students of all ages.
In 2001 Nan co-founded Madison’s Bone Folders’ Guild, a group of book artists who exchange ideas, exhibit their book art, and encourage each other. She was instrumental in getting the group involved with the Wisconsin Book Festival. The group has exhibited their work as a Book Festival event since 2002.
Nan’s work has been exhibited in Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. She continues to make paper by hand at True Moon Studio in her home. She harvests plants all year long and in the summer she joyously makes plant fiber paper for future projects.