Brenna Jael

I am a geeky, independent artist recently moved to La Conner, Washington after 22 years in the San Juan Islands.

I make a living selling my art and journals on Etsy and at numerous markets around Northwestern Washington.

I worked for a bookbinder on Orcas Island for a bunch of years, beginning in the 1990’s, doing leather work and trading for nice journals and sketchbooks.  Later on when I had to start making my own journals, things snowballed and eventually I studied traditional European Bookbinding with 2 amazing teachers at The Penland School of Crafts, and also a bit with Jim Croft of Traditional Hand in Idaho.  I enjoy combining recycled and from-scratch materials with traditional techniques.

My current media include: pen & ink, painting (signs and decorative), an awesome perennial/edible garden, driftwood sculpture, self-published comics, block-printing, fermented vegetables, and of course, bookbinding with paper, leather, cloth, clay and metal.