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Bredt Handy studied studio art with a focus on printmaking, art history, and English at Oberlin College. Her interest in art and English led her to book arts, and then publishing. She apprenticed to letterpress printer Peter Koch of Black Stone Press; studied bookbinding in Bristol, England; and worked as a bookbinder and conservator in Portland, Oregon and Boston. She was the Editorial/Production Manager at MIT Press Journals and an art editor at Houghton Mifflin and freelance for other local educational publishers.

She has taken classes at the Cambridge School for Adult Education, Rugg Road, Mass College of Art, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Bredt turned to abstract painting when she took classes at the de Cordova Museum School. She continues to study with Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern, while holding down her day job as Art and Design Manager at Dinardo Design.