Meet Patti

Patti Fertel Book Arts Asheville NC

I was born and raised in Chicago. When I was in high school, I attended Saturday classes at the School of the Art Institute. At Brandeis University, I majored in and took studio classes focusing on ceramic sculpture.

Although my path diverged from my full-time commitment to art and I went on to receive an MSW degree from Washington University in St. Louis, I continued my artistic pursuits whenever I could. When I retired from my thirty-five year career as a therapist, I returned to making art as my primary calling and rediscovered collage.

I have been a collector of paper dolls for over forty years. I also create my own paper dolls based on early fashion illustrations from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Many of have been produced in limited editions, and two have now been published by Paper Doll Review Press.

I believe that creating art presents the opportunity to see the world in new ways, and to become refreshed in mind, heart, and spirit.

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