I am an independent artist and plant geek relocated this past year to La Conner, Washington after 22 years in the San Juan Islands.
I sell my original art and Handbound Journals on Etsy and at a few markets and shops in Northwestern Washington. This year (2018), find me on second Saturdays at the Anacortes Farmer’s Market, April-October, and twice monthly at the Bow Farmer’s Market. My unique Journals and cards are for sale at the Lucky Dumpster in Edison, as well as the Schack Art Center in Everett.
I worked for a bookbinder on Orcas Island for several years, beginning in the 1990’s, doing leather piecework and trading for nice journals and sketchbooks. Years later I started making my own journals, and then selling a few; things snowballed in a crazy fashion and this business took off. In 2012 I studied various styles but mostly European Bookbinding with 2 amazing teachers at The Penland School of Crafts (Cathy Adelman and Alice Vaughn). Many other random classes in letterpress, welding, silversmithing, small metals, paper marbling, etc. have followed. More recently I spent a couple of weeks in the “Old Ways of Making Books” class, with Jim Croft of Traditional Hand in Idaho. I enjoy combining recycled and from-scratch materials with traditional and improvised techniques. I love the sculptural and engineering aspects of making books.
My current media include: pen & ink, painting (signs and decorative), an awesome perennial/edible garden, self-published comics, block-printing, fermented vegetables, papermaking and embossing, and of course, bookbinding with paper, leather, cloth, clay, wood and metal.