About Nancy

Born on the Southside of Chicago and raised in a northern suburb,  I spent my summers on my grandparent’s farm in Sister Bay,WI, working in our family cherry orchard. I got my first teaching job at Sister Bay School - after teaching in Europe for DoDDS for a few years I returned to Door County and achieved a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis on Gifted and Talented Learners and Creativity. I taught 39 years and retired from Gibraltar Schools in 2010. I then focused my energies on the business I had begun several years before, Liberty Grove Paper Arts.

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I learned origami at a Saturday Park District Program when I was 8 years old - I was hooked right then and there.  I used origami in my teaching for over 40 years, also exhibiting in numerous galleries, schools, libraries, and universities.  I started to make boxes to support the collection of wonderful Japanese Chiyogami/Yuzen papers I had gathered over the years and continued bookmaking and bookbinding, adding to my repetoir of bindings and styles. I added marbling to the mix when I realized there were colors and textures I could not find in other hand made or hand screened papers.  I had marbled back in the 1970’s and was delighted to learn about the many advances made in mixing carrageenan and paints. I  do both traditional Cloud Painting, Ebru Turkish Marbling and the classic European Marbling designs of the 17-19th centuries, plus some innovative modern marbling variations.

At the Friends of Gibraltar Holiday Art Fair, Sister Bay, Wi.



© Nancy Akerly1 2018