Lore Spivey - Book, Paper, and Mixed Media Artist



Where do you make your paper art?

I have a studio on the upper level of my home here in North Carolina. I mostly work there.

How long have you been working with paper?

I guess I could say all my life, I’ve always made little books and origami, and of course the paper airplanes when I was a kid. I became seriously interested in the medium as a career in 2013 when I took a course with Carol Barton at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. 

How would you describe your approach to paper art?

Organic. I play around with the paper to see how far I can stretch the limits of what can be done with it. 

Where do you find inspiration?

Nature, history, current events, and other artists. 

Describe your work to us in 3 words.

Playful, Original Purposeful.

What are your favorite papers to work with?

Handmade natural fiber papers like abaca are wonderful, Helen Hiebert makes a wide variety of beautiful stock. I am also fond of card stock from French Papers.

What tool could you not live without?


What is the best thing about working with paper as a medium?

The variety, versatility, and easy attainability of the material. 

Who are your favorite Paper Artists?

Helen Hiebert, Shawn Sheehy, Julie Chen, Carol Barton, Amy Lopez Nayve, Robert Sabuda, 

There are so many talented people in this genre!

What are you working on at the moment?

A special one-of-a-kind carousel book for a friend.