Eileen is a Lecturer in Printmaking and Book Arts at the University of Georgia. Prior to her arrival at UGA, she worked full-time at her business, Mile Wide Press, printing commission letterpress jobs and making custom boxes and books. Eileen also served as caretaker for the archives of Mountain House Press, the private press of Dard Hunter, noted papermaking scholar and fine press printer. She has taught numerous workshops across the country, most recently at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME and at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC where she was also an Resident Artist. Eileen is the curator of Masters: Book Arts, published by Lark Books, featuring the work of over 40 artists considered to be masters of the craft. For 14 years, she served as a co-director of the Paper & Book Intensive and was recently on the board of Hand Papermaking Magazine. Eileen holds an MFA in Book Arts and an MLS, both from the University of Alabama. For more information, please look here: Faculty Profile
When I think of content for my work and what inspires me, I am interested in place and how where we are from affects what we make and why. I observe, collect, index, and record visual images of found objects through printing and books and attempt to connect them to their history and place of discovery through research and documentation.
Much of my work is inspired by the landscape of my home in the Mississippi Delta and the evolution of understanding the lasting impact growing up there has had on my creative work. As I sort through what I make and why, I am often reminded of a passage from One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty: "The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order, a timetable not necessarily - perhaps not possibly - chronological. The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation." Every once in a while I make the connection between my personal history, what I see, and what I make.
I am interested in fine press printing techniques as well as non-traditional letterpress matrices and alternative type high blocks for innovative printing that expands the traditional letterpress printing vocabulary. I find the most joy in experimenting and problem solving and often find I am ready to move on to something new once I have something worked out. This may explain why my work spans multiple medias from paper sculpture to painting and color studies to letterpress to bookbinding.