2008 Award Winner: Works on Paper, Honorable mention
Beverly Erskine (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania) has a
master’s in public health from the University of
Pittsburgh and a degree in sociology and
anthropology from Millersville State College.
She has a rare neurological disorder called
spinal cerebellar degeneration (SCD),
characterized by loss of balance, trembling,
decrease in fine motor skills, fatigue and
visual impairment. She became interested in
the paper folding technique called “Iris
Folding” to overcome depression. The center of
the design, which originated in Holland, is
usually filled with a shiny paper which
resembles the iris of an eye or camera.
"So now when I am asked to describe myself, I very proudly include the fact that I am an artist, a craftswoman, who found my way there because of my disability."
"I hope people enjoy my art and that when they look at it, they will remember that by trying combinations, whether of paper and fabric, or of challenges and opportunities, they can create a beautiful outcome for themselves and others. Take that chance and delight in the results!"
- Beverly A. Erskine
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