As a young adult, Erica followed her heart's calling to the West Coast (USA) where she discovered purpose in the field of visual communication.
Currently, she works with For The Wild as a freelance graphic & web designer to help connect those who care passionately about the natural world and to be of service-to and give voice-to the plants, animals, and beings who face extinction due to the breakdown of Earth's natural biomes.
Erica writes poetry from the heart, busies her hands with folkstyle bookbinding, and finds self-care and silent refuge in her practice of tea ceremony. In her bookbinding skill shares, she urges participants to contemplate their impact on the environment, to honor those who have come before, and to choose environmentally-supportive practices. At the heart of her offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild.
Erica and her family live along the forested tidelines of the San Juan Islands in unceded Coast Salish Territory.
Erica's handcrafted journals have appeared in DesignSponge and Terrain: Proudly Made Series. She's a featured maker on Etsy (Short Stories & Featured Shop) and author of internationally published Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books with it's sequel Bound by Hand: Over 20 Beautifully Handcrafted Journals to be released in October 2018. She believes the practice of journaling is a potent method for grounding and navigating transformative life experiences. She sells handcrafted journals, under the name LoomBound, and offers bookbinding workshops & skillshares. Her signature piece, Book of the Sea, was featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Paper Project.
After the birth of her first child in 2007, Erica begin her tea practice as a way to connect more deeply with the mundane. Currently, she offers Tea Sittings for gatherings, weddings, life transitions, and retreats. She is studying Unohana (Chabako tea) and Usucha (ladle tea) temae. Her mentors include Hilary 'Sati' Walker (Forest Tea lineage/Ryakubon ceremony) and artist Kandis Susol (Urusenke lineage/Traditional Usucha ceremony), as well as inspiration from the generous chajin of Global Tea Hut community & beyond (Daoist Chinese tradition.)
Erica has a B.A. in Graphic Design and has been an independent designer for small businesses and non-profit organizations since 2004. She designs print materials, websites, & offers design consultation. She currently works as Art Director for the non-profit For The Wild. Here is a selection of her collages and portfolio and customized websites she's designed for clients can be seen here >>> For The Wild, Soul Flour Bakery, Djuna Mascall, Sisters of the Tide.
In 2016, Erica learned brickstitch seed beading from artist Indy Genao. Since then, Erica has found joy in the process of this offscreen 'pixel arrangement'.
For The Wild, Art Director | 2016+
Graphic+Web Designer, Freelance | 2005+
Bookbinding Tutorials, Author | 2015-18
LoomBound Journals, Owner/Artisan | 2016+
Tea Ceremony, Student in Service | 2007+
Soul Flour Bakery, Co-Owner | 2007+
Sisters of the Tide, Co-Founder | 2016+
Orcas Food Co-op, Board Director | 2018+
It's All Well + Good: Tea Ceremony with Erica Ekrem | 2017
MindBodyGreen: How To Host Your Own Healing Tea Ceremony | 2016
Cloth, Paper, Scissors: A Leather Journal | 2015
Cloth, Paper, Scissors: Spotlight- Erica Ekrem's Studio View | 2015
Blum Collection: Odelae | 2014
Style Me Pretty: Photo Shoot | 2014
Naturelle, No 9: Nature at Home | 2013
Terrain: Proudly Made | 2013
Violet Woods: Odelae Interview | 2013
Design Sponge: Odelae Handstitched Books | 2013
Etsy Featured Shop: Odelae | 2013
Etsy Short Stories: Clam Shell Book | 2012
American Craft Council | 2012
Indie Reader: Shell-of-a-Book | 2012
Urban Outfitters | 2012