When she’s not at the Helen Hall Library, Stephanie Flier expresses her creativity and love for nature through her unique artwork, and some of her pieces are even displayed across the world. Her favorite subject? Butterflies!
What do you do?
I catalog the children’s young adult and adult nonfiction books at the library. I started as an adult services page and then I came back last February to work as a technical services clerk.
How did you start working here? How did you start working here?
I’m from Long Beach, Mississippi, and I lived in the Houston area for a few years then moved to League City with my fiancé in 2015 after he got a job at NASA. I came across the job opening at the library and I thought it’d be a fun and interesting place to work because I always went to library programs growing up.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like that it’s behind the scenes, but you make materials more accessible to the patrons that come in and I like being able to help with that.
Hobbies outside of work?
I’ve been doing art ever since I can remember. I went to school for art, I graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Design. I like doing artwork in my free time and I mostly work with printmaking. I carve a block of wood or linoleum that makes a stamp that I use to make prints off of.
Do you display or sell your artwork?
I do sell my artwork online and I have participated in fine art shows. I currently have a print in the permanent collection in the gallery of contemporary fine arts in Serbia. They chose one of my pieces for their collection. It feels good knowing that I have art that will be seen by thousands of people that I’ll never get to meet in person. Some of my other pieces are also displayed at UHCL and recently I showed my art at the library in December 2018.
What is the theme of your artwork?
I do a lot of nature prints because I enjoy gardening and I love butterflies. I raise and release butterflies during the summer when the monarchs are here, so a lot of my art involves plants, insects and nature.
How did you begin raising and releasing butterflies?
I love the outdoors, and one day I decided to plant a milkweed plant in my yard, and it brought many butterflies and caterpillars to my garden, so that got me started. I’m very interested in butterflies, so I created a monarch waystation that’s registered to protect monarch habitats. I provide the right plants to help them survive since their numbers are going down. There’s a lot of butterflies in my yard in the summer time. I raise monarchs and swallowtail butterflies and I release them.
What makes you passionate about creating art?
I will always be working on my art because it’s so important to me. It just gives me a creative outlet because I get a lot of ideas and I’m constantly writing them down, so this gives me a way to express myself and put my ideas where other people can see them.
Describe yourself in three words:
Creative, Artistic, Outdoorsy.