Elizabeth McKee is an award-winning book artist. Her nomad’s life has carried her from New Guinea to Australia, Iowa, Japan, Zambia, Canada, Malaysia, Florida, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Maryland, Russia and Albuquerque. Not exactly in that order. In August 2015 she moved to Albuquerque, NM where she is putting down roots. She discovered calligraphy in Japan in 1970. Was happy to rediscover it in English in 1980. In 1983 she took her first bookbinding class at the international calligraphy convention in Chicago. In 1984 she helped establish the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa and was made an honorary life member in 1990. She has studied paste paper with Nancy Culmone and Madeleine Durham. Running a marbling studio in Nairobi, Kenya for four years gave her an intensive color theory education. Her books are included in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, Harvard’s Houghton Library, Queen’s University’s Douglas Library, Kingston, Ontario, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bowdoin College’s Hawthorne-Longfellow Library as well as private collections around the world.
Although paste papers were originally developed to be used as decorative endpapers in books, McKee‘s paste papers are multi-layered creations meant to enhance backgrounds for calligraphy.