Teacher Spotlight: Hollie Berry

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better. 

So, here are four questions to help get to know our Upcycled Journal instructor, Hollie Berry.

How did you get started in the world of book binding?

Reading has always been a passion of mine. Love of the physical form of the book followed. I first delved into book arts by making altered books in high school, but I didn't start binding my own books from scratch until I met Professor Sandra Fernandez while attending the University of Texas at Austin. She had recently been hired from Ecuador specifically to teach book arts, so I found a way to study under her for the remainder of my college career. I've continued to teach myself new techniques since then and recently became Co-Chair of Book Arts at the Open Press here in Chattanooga.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

My husband and I initially picked Chattanooga merely for it's proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, and kayaking. We were astounded when we arrived by the beauty of the city itself, it's walkability, the variety of great restaurants, and thriving art culture. There are plenty of galleries, museums, studios, and art festivals to keep the art lover occupied year round. Beyond that people in Chattanooga are generally friendly, welcoming, and inclusive. Within 6 months I had been introduced to most of the artists in town, all who seemed genuinely glad to meet me. There seems to be a spirit here of "Let's work together" cooperation as opposed to the cold competition.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

I love to make things with my hands, but I NEED to get better with marketing and digital media. I'd love to learn how to send out a MailChimp newsletter and how to create a vector file to upload into the vinyl cutter at the library! 

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

I was bit by a copperhead snake when I was 9.