As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed working with paper. As a student, I loved painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics. I majored in fine art at Mills College and then went on to get a second degree at Parsons School of Design in New York
After college, I worked as an art director in advertising of fashion and beauty products. At home I always had a stash of beautiful paper handy to make cards and invitations. Because I am fascinated by how things work, I explored methods for creating cards with moving parts and dimensional features.
In 1998 I came up with the idea for the Origami Page-A-Day Calendar. It was actually a recycling idea – just a simple way to use the paper that otherwise gets tossed away everyday. First year of publication was in 2000; to my surprise the calendar was a best seller. Enthusiasm has continued and as of 2004 it is published with the fabulous folks at Workman Publishing. Oui, since 2009 the calendar has been translated into French. It has been a big success, which I think surprised everyone, especially me. I hadn’t realized how many other paper folders were out there.
In 1999 I co-founded a sports apparel line for women, Chickabiddy. Our tag line was “It’s a big world out there. Let’s go get it”. And we did. As the Director of Design of a start-up I did everything from designing the line, choosing the color palette for the season to helping ship orders. I learned so much about product production and the need to be organized.
In 2005 my first book was published. The Joy of Origami is a bright and sunny origami primer for all ages. I have since authored 2 other books Origami on the Go, a kid’s travel book that combines exploring the world and paper folding. And most recently Modern Paper Crafts, a 21st Century Guide to Folding, Cutting, Scoring, Pleating, and Recycling.