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Presidential History of  The Paper Tole Institute
The Paper Tole Institute was founded by Dee Overduin who is a twenty-year veteran of the paper tole business. She has written articles about paper tole and is the author of three popular instruction books about paper tole as a hobby and as a business. Her workshop on feathering was featured on the Carol Duval show. She has spoken at numerous service clubs and social functions both in Canada and the United States.

Ms. Overduin has taught several courses on how to start a small business at the community college level. Over the past 20 years, she has successfully started and sold three paper tole businesses, and now devotes much of her time to the development and growth of the Paper Tole Institute.

Through the Paper Tole Institute she hopes to enhance and raise the level of craftmanship found in today's paper tole. Ms. Overduin was active in the National Guild of Decoupeurs and was its executive director for two years.

In 2003, Marit Gabler of Norway purchased the Institute and became its President. She is a Certified Paper Tole Teacher at all three levels of the Institute's Certifications. Marit traveled to the United States in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 to teach PTI courses. Her dedication and enthusiasm were readily apparent. Many of her delighted students attended her workshop and the World Exhibition of Paper Tole in Norway May/June 2006.

Marit has been in the paper tole business for since 1997.  She has her own teaching center and Paper Tole shop in Norway. She teaches classes year-round. Before coming to paper tole she was a porcelain decorator/painter.

Marit has taught students from all over the world. She loves paper tole and is able to generate excitement and love for paper tole in her students. She is dedicated to producing superior work and encourages her students to do the same. She will be responsible for all Teachers Certifications in Europe after Mrs. Nona Church takes over as President in 2009. 

I became acquainted with three-dimensional art when I met my husband-to-be in 1983 in San Diego, California. He had several paper tole pictures that had been created by Margie Simpson. The pictures had always intrigued and fascinated me. After finally marrying in 1994, we made the decision to move to New Mexico when my Dad became ill. The following spring an article in the paper caught my eye. It was about an up-coming arts and crafts show to be held at the State fair grounds and it listed the exhibitors. As I scanned the list, the name of Margie Simpson caught my eye. I enlisted a friend to go with me and we "lurked" around her booth until the crowds thinned out some. Come to find out, it was the very same lady that had crafted my husband's pictures. She came back to Albuquerque in the fall and taught a week's worth of paper tole classes. Margie came back to Albuquerque two to three times a year for several years after that to offer classes and to sell her art at the local crafts shows.

In 1997, I got the bright idea of keeping Margie's students together and meeting once a month to work on our artwork, instead of waiting six months to get together when Margie came to Albuquerque. Hence, the ideal of the New Mexico 3D Art was born. The members exhibit and sell our work at several craft shows in the fall of year.  In 1999, we petitioned the New Mexico State Fair for a division for 3D art. We have been very successful in raising people's awareness of this extremely old art form. We have a "demo day" at the fair every year.

I took Dee Overduin's last class in May of 2004 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I received certification in all three levels of the Paper Tole Institute's Certification standards. In 2005, Dotty Maddox and I flew to Mt. Dora, Florida for the seminar held there, under the guidance of Marit Gabler from Norway.

In 2007, we held the first ever paper tole seminar in the state of New Mexico. Then in 2009, we hosted the 2nd World's Paper Tole Exhibit and Workshop held in Yuma, Arizona.

I've begun a "journey" with this thing called paper tole, not knowing where it will lead.  But I know from the people I've met, the places I've traveled to, and the art I have created that paper tole has brought me joy.  That JOY is what I wish to bring to others through paper tole!