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 www.Geshenke.com and works alongside her husband, Certified Pipe Organ Builder, Xaver Wilhelmy, who is known as the first to build pipe organ pipes with glass www.FlagPipes.com. 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 Artbeads.com 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 1979 MGB and his 1969 Opel Rekord. Shenk blogs about food and life in their 125 square feet tiny house at TinyHouseFoodie.com and is currently writing the Tiny House Foodie series of books. Shenk lives with her genius Austrian, Xaver, and their cuddly dog Ella, in Crimora Virginia.