Eileen is a letterpress printer, bookbinder and papermaker. She received formal training in a traditional craft-based graduate program and has continued to simplify and refine her interests. Working in these traditional processes allows for slow and reflective work. Growing up in the Mississippi Delta instilled a deep respect for the land and the people that shape this unique part of the country. Reflecting upon home and attempting to capture that elusive sense of place and her relationship to it has been a consistent source of inspiration. Place, most specifically the expansive, flat landscape of the Delta drives her investigation of how where we are from affects what we make and why. Eileen observes, collects and indexes objects and artifacts in an attempt to connect things to their history and place of discovery through research and documentation. Her work utilizes diverse media and techniques while remaining strongly rooted in letterpress printing, printmaking, papermaking and artists books.
Eileen is a Lecturer in Printmaking and Book Arts at the University of Georgia. She is a former resident artist at Penland School of Crafts and 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. She holds a MLS and MFA in Book Arts, both from the University of Alabama.