Errin holds a BFA in Graphic Design and has enjoyed the opportunity to teach various collage workshops. Her collage work is included in the book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig as well as the limited edition postcard collection Cut & Post, from the Edinburgh Collage Collective. She has also created an extensive series of collage pieces for textbooks and educational material for grades 6-12.
Errin is a member of the Special Agent Collage Collective, a global collective of over a hundred collage artists. She also founded a local artist collective, Collage Crew Kalamazoo, with the intention to connect people through collage art.
Art is a form of therapy that helps me work through personal experiences with grief, trauma, and anxiety. The tactile nature of the handmade process is also an essential counterbalance to my digital graphic design work.
My current creative practice focuses on using second-hand or discarded materials found while exploring thrift shops and estate sales. I seek out old books, magazines, office or art supplies, and textiles. Once I’m back in my home studio, I assemble these finds into handmade collages or use found papers to paint and print on.
I welcome the unexpected in my art. My pieces are often not planned and are born out of the process of examining how found materials can be reimagined into works of art. There is therapy in the idea that what I have on hand is enough; I have what I need, and that calms my brain. A favorite technique is to make one large piece and then cut it down into smaller pieces. Each smaller piece is like another discovery, an exploration of what can happen when I let go of the need for control.