Artist’s Statement

I am a librarian and an artist. These two aspects of my life are intricately connected and feed one another.

As an artist, I enjoy working with transparent watercolor pigments, which allow the whiteness and texture of the cotton rag paper to show through. I am fascinated with the connection paper has to nature, history, and books. I also like the dichotomy of paper as a material that will last for centuries and stretch as tight as a drum, yet also a one that can be torn to shreds or burned in an instant. Watercolor paint is the perfect complement to paper. I am mesmerized by it’s transparency, brilliance, and flow. Its unpredictable nature forces me to let go of control and work with the medium rather than force it.

I am also experimenting with other media such as Japanese woodblock printing and bookmaking. I am attracted to the Japanese style of woodblock printing in part because it uses watercolors instead of oil-based inks. The style also meshes nicely with bookmaking. As a librarian I have a natural affinity for the book – its beauty, functionality and power. I am also learning to stretch the definition of a book and how it can be translated into alternative media such as video or sculpture. For example, I have begun work on a series of shrines. Making shrines is my way of creating visual poetry – something in between bookmaking and sculpture. My shrines are hopeful prayers offered up to those who are close to me as well as those whom I can only hold in my heart.

You can find my artwork for sale at


Annette Haines is an artist living in Plymouth Michigan. She holds an Associates Degree in Commercial Illustration from the Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. She also holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. Annette recently exhibited work in a group show entitled “From There to Here: the A&D International Exhibit” at the Slusser Gallery in Ann Arbor, MI. More work by Annette can be seen at her Etsy Shop
and from time to time in the halls of the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design where she works full-time as the Art & Design Field Librarian.


14 Responses to “About”

  1. Vicki A. Nelson Says:

    Where can I purchase the pattern for the Shell Fringe Scarf by Deanna K. Van Assche that you made? It looks like something I would like to try.

    Thank you,

    1. ellen levasseur Says:

      Vicki- i,m very interested in the same pattern but haven’t found it. i would be able to purchase it on line do to the fact my vehicle is not to dependable. I would appreciate any attention on this. Thanks ellen ASAP.

      1. ellen levasseur Says:

        oop’s my reply should have gone to annette. sorry

      2. serendipityartist Says:

        Hi Ellen,

        I don’t think this pattern is available online. You can call the Knit Around shop mentioned above, but other than that I don’t know.

  2. serendipityartist Says:

    Hi Vicki,

    I found this pattern and materials at the Knit A Round Yarn Shop in Ann Arbor. You can find out more about this shop including their contact info at

    I hope you enjoy knitting this scarf as much as I have. I’m currently knitting my third one!


  3. Gregorio Perez Says:

    Thanks for the tip. I’ve learned that I have a lot to learn..ha! I also wanted to say that I spent a lot of time in Nick Wroblewskis tent at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. He does some beautiful work. Anyway, thanks again,


  4. Isabelle Says:

    Annette, I am currently knitting this same scarf (Deanna’s Shell Fringe Scarf) and am having trouble with the beads. I purchased 3 tubes of size 6 Japanese seed beads, strung them onto my yarn and started knitting. My bead shop said 3 tubes should equal 1 hank; they don’t carry this size beads in hanks, only strands and I thought tubes would be better. I am working from both ends at the same time and will graft the scarf in the middle when done. My problem is I have 11 3/4″ of scarf and am out of beads!! Is anyone else having this problem? I went into the bead shop and they only had one more tube and I figure I need 5 more to make a 36″ long scarf. How long are your scarves? Thanks for your time, Isabelle

    1. serendipityartist Says:

      Hi Isabelle,

      Don’t panic! this is not a very long scarf. I don’t have mine anymore to measure it exactly, but 11 3/4″ per side for a total of about 24 inches seems about right. It’s not the sort of scarf that one would wrap around the neck, but rather drape over the shoulders so you can see the lovely beadwork on the edges. Hope this helps. Good luck. – Annette

  5. Victor Says:

    Hi Annette,

    I enjoyed reading about your experiences with working in the moku hanga method of print making. I live in Windsor, Ontario, not far from your location in Plymouth. I’m looking to take a workshop in moku hanga. Do you conduct workshops? If not, can you direct me to someone who does and is located in Michigan?

    Thanks for your time.



    1. serendipityartist Says:

      Hi Victor,

      Thanks for your interest in my blog. I do not conduct workshops at the moment, but I suggest that you join the Baren Forum, an email woodblock printing discussion group, and post your question there. The discussion group is very active and I am sure someone will have an answer for you. Here is the information about joining

    The Art of Mokuhanga : Contemporary Woodblock Prints from Japan curated by Elspeth
    Lamb RSA (Royal Scottish Academician).
    Royal Scottish Academy Galleries
    The Mound
    Edinburgh EH1 2EL
    30th July – 18th September 2011
    Website of the Royal Scottish Academy: Thought this would interest you,
    Your work is wonderful

  7. Your art is lovely! I’ve been a fan of moku hanga printmaking for years and have taken a few classes with Matt Brown ( and finding your blog is like dessert…yummy. Thank you for sharing your process, your work, and your love of traditional Japanese printmaking.

  8. Annette, It’s nice to have found your blog a few weeks ago. It’s nice to keep up with what you’re doing with your art. I haven’t kept up with many people since leaving A&D, but it’s great to see what you’re up to!


    1. serendipityartist Says:

      Hi Darren,

      So nice to hear from you. Congratulations on all of the interesting and creative work you are doing with your studio and on your successful new novel. I have enjoyed reading your Facebook posts and I’m delighted that you are doing so well. Keep up the great work!

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