If I’d known what I was about, I would have gone to trade school sooner. Instead it took me years to find my calling. A huge reader and someone who is happiest working with my hands, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I met a bookbinder and it all came together. “You're a bookbinder? What do you actually do, that sounds incredible, how did you learn how to do it?” She said I was one of the first people she had met who was excited about what she did. Eventually she hired me to sit at her bench and guard pages with Japanese paper. I loved it. A couple of years later I moved to Massachusetts and thought I had to figure out what to do all over again. Then I found the North Bennet Street School, the oldest trade school in the country, and started taking bookbinding workshops there. I loved it even more. I convinced them they needed a short intensive program for people who wanted to work in the field. They agreed and I participated in the best educational experience of my life with amazing colleagues and an inspirational teacher. I set up a studio soon after and have been working ever since.