Gail started her creative life in knitting and crocheting before discovering hand papermaking in the early 1980's. Quickly becoming addicted to hand papermaking and the many possibilities it offers for creative expression led to a build up of paper supplies which in turn led her to investigate bookbinding as a way of presenting her work. She hasn't looked back since then and her books are held in many public and private collections.
Gail has held several solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows both in Australia and overseas. She is currently President of the International paper association IAPMA and convenes the Australian Women's Art Register. She has had a web presence since 1997 and her current websites are www.gailstiffe.info and www.papergail.blogspot.com. Although she has been making paper and books for over twenty years she still finds joy in discovery of new structures and effects.