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.

Marijo Carney, BFA University of Illinois, is a professional calligrapher who has taught calligraphy at KVCC and workshops throughout the US for 35 years.  She is the founder of Pen Dragons, has exhibited her work in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions, taught at six international calligraphy conventions and been published often.

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 Battle Creek Public Schools for many years and now teaches for Frostic School of Art at WMU.

Jennifer Farrell, has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago since 1999, focusing on printing everything from business cards and social stationery to music packaging and posters, as well as custom commissions and wholesale cards and prints. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized both in print and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe. Work can be viewed at www.starshaped.com.

Donna Groot is a graduate of Western Michigan University with an MFA in painting.  She was introduced to papermaking at Oxbow with Richard Hungerford in the 90s and has been intrigued with paper ever since. She has made large paintings featuring floral images using pulp paint as well as created handmade books in a variety of forms. Donna has taught papermaking at Kendall College of Art and Design.

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.

Lisa LeBlanc is a calligrapher and educator, recently retired after 35 years of teaching at WMU.  She has studied with a variety of nationally and internationally known calligraphic masters, and is skilled in several styles of hand lettering.  She is currently President of the Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild of Kalamazoo. 

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 alumnus from KBAC’s own Book Arts in Venice program and has remained with KBAC ever since. When not at KBAC, you can find her binding books in her studio, Lake Michigan Book Press.

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