Shereen LaPlantz: Biography

Shereen LaPlantz is an internationally recognized book artist and author. Her work has been represented in countless gallery exhibitions and museums throughout the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Europe and Africa. Her basketry or Artists’ Books are represented in numerous permanent collections, including The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Some of the commercial books she’s authored include:

The Art and Craft of Handmade Books

Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals and Albums

Innovative Bookbinding: Secret Compartments and Hidden Places

Plaited Basketry: The Woven Form

The Mad Weave Book

Besides her commercial books, LaPlantz has published an average of 12 Artists’ Books per year until being diagnosed with cancer.

LaPlantz was a frequent lecturer, juror and curator and taught “hundreds, if not thousands” of book arts, basketry and fiber arts related workshops over the last 30 years of her life.

Until her death on September 11, 2003, Shereen lived with her husband, David LaPlantz, a jeweler and metalsmith and Kashira Ojime, a black chow chow dog on a hilltop near the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by Northern California redwoods.