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. 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 (dates TBD).
Now that I’m opening a shop in La Conner, I will not be schlepping my heavy books all over the place.
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 in a crazy fashion, and in 2012 I studied traditional 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 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.