Sep 012014

About Our Instructors

Lorrie Grainger Abdo, the KBAC Administrative Director, has taught papermaking, surface design, and bookbinding classes for students of all ages in Michigan and beyond. She was trained in papermaking at Sievers School of Fiber Arts and by the KBAC cofounder Paul Robbert.

Kim Hosken Eberstein received her MFA in painting from Western Michigan University, where she was trained in papermaking by the KBAC cofounder Paul Robbert. She taught in the Frostic School of Art for many years and now teaches for Battle Creek Public Schools.

Joanne Thieme Huffman is a multi-media artist who has taught at Smitten Dust, For The Art, the KBAC and ArtUnravelled, a national art retreat in Phoenix AZ. She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and energy to every class she teaches. Website:

Elizabeth Kerlilowske is a poet and artist. Her book, Last Hula, won the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Chapbook contest in 2014. She writes fiction and essays as well as poetry.  Her visual art is bright and very big. Elizabeth earned her PhD from WMU and is president of Friends of Poetry.

Katie Platte, the KBAC Studio Coordinator, is a graduate of the Studio Art program at Grand Valley State University. She completed an internship at the Women’s Studio Workshop, an arts organization specializing in printmaking and book arts in Rosendale, New York.

Crystal Shaulis, Intern Coordinator for the KBAC, earned her BFA from Western Michigan University. She is an alumni from KBAC’s own Book Arts in Venice program and has remained with KBAC ever since. Though the focus of her study at Western was painting, she has developed a deep interest in bookbinding and letterpress and shares this knowledge with the local community and beyond. Website:

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