Abbie Birmingham


My work explores how all things inevitably change over time – our memories, bodies, the natural world and the built environment – and the joys and sorrows those changes bring.

I’m a paper artist working primarily in printmaking and hand made books, but who also likes to explore other 3D paper objects such as baskets and lanterns. The pieces can include etching, screen print, monoprint, collograph and shellac plates as well as collage. My basket pieces are created using reed in a random weave and hand printed paper.

I’m inspired by the impact of time – on the natural world, the built environment, and on personal memory. With a background in architecture and urban planning, I’m fascinated with urban structures and patterns and their confluence with the natural world. My work often incorporates imagery from “found” objects collected while walking (such as orange plastic construction barrier fencing), which I use to explore our collective human connectivity and sense of place.

I work from the Pratt Fine Arts Center printmaking studio, in Seattle, which is also where I have done most of my training in printmaking and book arts.