Handmade paper and welded steel may seem like strange bedfellows but in Liz’s work they come together as sculptural lamps and other sculptural objects that integrate art and function. Liz believes that it is important to bring art into our homes in both functional and decorative forms. We should select each object we live with not only because of its functional excellence, but also because it has aesthetic qualities that will please us every day of our lives.
A studio artist, living in Eldorado at Santa Fe, Liz makes 2D and 3D mixed media works, including lamps, sculpture from reclaimed metal, handmade paper jewelry, handmade paper sculpture, and 2D works of handmade paper. She has exhibited her work in individual and group exhibits. Liz’s work has been sold in galleries throughout Michigan and in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Liz is a founding member of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center where she worked with others to define the mission and goals of the fledgling organization, design the facility which includes a paper making studio, print making studio, bookbinding studio, and classroom space. She served as the Treasurer for two years.
Over the past 30 years she has participated in several arts organizations. She is a past member of the Handmade Paper Guild of Southwest Michigan where, at various times was Vice President, President, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary. As a member of Signature Artist’s Cooperative, Liz was Recording Secretary. She was a volunteer member of the Play Selection Committee at the Kalamazoo Civic Players and a member of the Gallery Advisory Committee at Smartshop Metalworking School. Liz has taught papermaking at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.
After retirement from a business career, Liz worked with paper artist and mentor, Paul Robbert, for several years in his papermaking studio in Michigan where she learned both the technical and aesthetic possibilities of handmade paper. In 2005 Liz was awarded the Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant, which allowed her to take several classes as well as travel to a meeting of The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) in Banff, Canada. IAPMA is the worlds leading organization for paper artists.
Liz moved to New Mexico from Michigan in 2011 with her husband, Vince, who is a metal sculptor. He is retired from a career in theater where he designed sets and lighting. You can find Liz’s husband’s work at www.vincentfaust.com. In Santa Fe, Liz is a member of the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association and The Santa Fe Book Arts Group.