Carmen Shenk was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She earned her B.F.A. in fine art at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. Shenk is a retired pastry chef/restaurant owner, and a lover of yarn, color, food, and words. Shenk owns a pipe organ conservation company and works alongside her husband, Certified Pipe Organ Builder, Xaver Wilhelmy, who is known as the first to build pipe organs with glass Shenk has worked professionally in fifteen art media, most recently in weaving in the Japanese Saori tradition using reclaimed fabric, found objects, and hand dyed fabric and yarn. She has won awards in drawing, mixed media, collage, and jewelry design; and her art glass is in private collections around the world. Shenk was the Bronze Medal Grand Prize Winner in the 2005 international jewelry design contest hosted by Fire Mountain Gems and her jewelry designs have been published on the back cover of various industry magazines, and on the blog. Her artwork has been a part of many group exhibitions, and five solo exhibitions. Shenk and her husband enjoy driving vintage cars including her 1985 Mercedes 300 Turbo Diesel Coupe, and 1979 MGB and his collection of vintage Opels. Shenk blogs about her favorite books at, and about DIY weaving, artsy wearables, and art projects for the home at, and blogs about food and life in their 125 square feet tiny house at  Shenk lives with her genius husband Xaver, her cuddly dog Ella, and songster parakeet Dornfelder in Crimora Virginia.