Growing up in the Mississippi Delta instilled a deep respect for the land and the people that shape this unique part of the country. Attempting to capture that elusive sense of place and my relationship to it has been a consistent source of inspiration. The expansive, flat landscape of the Delta drives my investigation of how place affects what we make and why. Observing, collecting, indexing and documenting objects and artifacts is my attempt to connect things to their history and place of discovery through research and documentation. Utilizing diverse media and techniques while remaining strongly rooted in the traditional crafts of letterpress printing, printmaking, and artists books allows for slow and reflective work.
Eileen is a letterpress printer and bookbinder. She is a Senior Lecturer in Printmaking and Book Arts at the University of Georgia and a former resident artist at Penland School of Crafts. She has taught workshops at Penland, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and at other venues across the country. Eileen is a co-director emeritus of the Paper & Book Intensive (PBI) and has been a board member of Hand Papermaking Magazine. She curated the book Masters: Book Arts published by Lark Books in 2011.