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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.

Jeff Abshear, Director of the KBAC, was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Venice, Italy, where he worked at the Accademia di Belle Arti and studied the history of Italian printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. He also teaches book arts each summer to children in Sardinia, Italy.

Melody Allen is a Kalamazoo artist who began her career as a graphic artist. She has worked in pastels since 2000 and has been in numerous juried and group shows and has had many solo exhibits. She currently teaches children’s classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Mary Brodbeck learned Japanese wood­block printmaking in Tokyo with Yoshisuke Funasaka in 1998. Mary’s prints are now in collections throughout the world including her Sleeping Bear Dunes series at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is has recently completed a documentary film about the Japanese wood­block printmaking process called Becoming Made. Website:

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.

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.

Elizabeth King is a designer and artist who explores bringing more light, color and translucency into her creations. She especially enjoys using the encaustigraphic process she teaches at KBAC to make forms she calls “luminous suspensions.” Website:

Joan Larsen is an award-winning artist whose work has been exhibited locally and in statewide competitions. She graduated with a degree in Art Education from WMU with an emphasis in painting and has taught a variety of art classes to all age groups. Website:

Katie Platte, the KBAC Studio Manager, 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:

Sandie Timmer earned a BA in Art from Hope College, and received training in the book and paper arts at OxBow in Saugatuck, Hollander’s in Ann Arbor, and through various paper making studios throughout the U.S. She learned marbling from Galen Berry and relies heavily on his methods when she leads her own workshops.

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