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.

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.

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.

Joanne Thieme Huffman is a multi-media artist who has taught at ArtUnravelled, a national art retreat in Phoenix AZ. In Michigan she teaches at Smitten Dust in Diamondale MI, at For The Art in Kalamazoo MI and now at the KBAC. Website: joannethiemehuffman.typepad.com

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.  

Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner in the United States (BA, Oberlin College; MFA, Columbia College Chicago). Her Fulbright research on Korean paper led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and the first US hanji studio in Cleveland, Ohio. She exhibits her hanji artwork and research, teaches internationally, and provides free hanji resources online at aimeelee.net.

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.

Shawn Sheehy’s interest in paper engineering grew from his background in sculpture, graphic design and book arts. Sheehy editions pop-up artist books and creates trade pop-up books (Welcome to the Neighborwood, 2015). He teaches paper engineering workshops all over the U.S. Visit him at shawnsheehy.com.”

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