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[BKARTS] Shereen La Plantz



Shereen  was a wonderful friend and inspiration to us.  She truly fought a
courageous battle with cancer.  Here is her obituary that was posted in the
Eureka CA times:

Shereen LaPlantz

Shereen LaPlantz was born Shereen Buckland February 9, 1947, in Glendale,
California, and grew up in Highland Park under the shadows of South Pasadena. Her
education included: graduation from Franklin High School and California State
University at Los Angeles as an Art Major with a Crafts Minor. Shereen
attended Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she was a
Textile Design Major and Textile Decoration Minor.

While at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Shereen met David LaPlantz, jeweler and
metalsmith, and once their eyes locked, it was as if they had known each other
forever. They married in 1970 and until September 11, 2003, at 4:15 p.m.,
shared a magical and blessed partnership.

They shared everything together about life, love and art. The ties that bound
their life and love together were strong and similar to the bindings for her
books - sacred, spiritual, and everlasting. David is missing Shereen's
presence and glow, but knows she is always in his heart and mind. Shereen was 56
years young.

Shereen's transition from this life was one of many transitions
she made during her life as a visual artist. Her Craft's major was
weaving. From weaving she made a very smooth transition to basketry as
an art form. Liking the woven form she stayed in basketry for 25 years -
writing two, how to books and creating a magazine along the way. Finally
she had all she wanted to say in basketry and transitioned into artists'
books. Never being afraid of a challenge (actually Shereen always loved a
great challenge), she decided to learn about book arts by writing a book
and so she did. Since 1982, Shereen authored ten books on basketry and
book arts and countless artists' books, either one of a kind or editions
of 300.

Tall, graceful and always carrying herself with confidence, poise, and
dignity, Shereen lived her life with zest and an overwhelming passion
for her art.  She was a committed teacher and passed along her wisdom
on the subjects of weaving, fabric dyeing, basketry, and during the
last decade Shereen devoted her artistic energy and vision in book arts
history and practice. She loved both the practical side of how to bind
the book along with the printed message within the book. Shereen was
always doing research and developing new ideas for bindings.

Often described as a bright light and beacon of warmth and intelligence,
Shereen had a powerful way of giving 'permission' to all shetouched
with her gentle knowledge and wisdom. She had a magical way of opening
people up, allowing them to discover their potential within whatever
art form she was teaching at the time. Shereen's personal vision and
clarity allowed her to follow her life's premise which was a desire to
teach and make a difference in other people's lives, to help change it
somehow and to open up a bigger world to all she touched.

Shereen is preceded in death by her loving mother Grace Buckland. She is
survived by her husband and soul mate of 33+ years, David; her father,
Charles Buckland; and brother, Chuck Buckland.

Shereen will have a private cremation service and a memorial service will be
planned for a future date.

Please celebrate Shereen's life by committing yourself daily to living your
life and getting the most out of your art or whatever you do to make a
difference for humanity. Donations may be given to Hospice of Humboldt in Shereen's
name. Hospice of Humboldt guided Shereen and David through the scary and rough
waters of life as a transition from this world to another.

Without their spiritual guidance and support, we would have withered.

Until we meet again, and we will know each other when we do, I love you,
your David.

Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com, click on obituaries.

Published in the Eureka Times-Standard on 9/16/2003

Cindy and Gary Iverson

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