Drawing: Pen & ink illustration, graphic non-fiction
Painting: Fine signs & murals
Functional Art: Bookbinding & papercraft
I grew up in Seattle, spent my early twenties as a vagabond crafter/street vendor and farm apprentice, and moved to the islands when I was 25. I came to study Permaculture and organic farming, and I still love to garden and work on my land.
I've been working on Lopez as a Sign Painter, but the island is already full of signs. My true love is drawing in plain black ink, and I while I worked at Island Bound Books on Orcas Island, I gained an appreciation for drawing on really excellent paper in a high-quality book. I worked there with Suzi for 6 years, even after moving to Lopez in 1998, but didn't start binding on my own until several years later, when I couldn't afford the amazing but spendy sketchbooks anymore, and I was starting to go through a lot of them as I began an ongoing cartooning project. In 2012 I got more serious about binding, though, and attended an 8 week session at the Penland School of Crafts, where I learned about traditional binding styles (Asian and European), working with goatskin leather, and archival restoration skills.
In December 2012, I took over an industrial studio space near where I live on Dill Road. I'm setting up a 1909 Peerless Gem Paper cutter (900lbs of cast iron). I've acquired some other specialized equipment and am looking for more. I'm now working in my studio & bindery full time and have a growing online business, as well as being a member of Village Arts, a small collective craft shop in Lopez Village. My books are also for sale at 'Paper Scissors' in Lopez Village, the Southender General Store on Lopez, The Schack Art Center in Everett, and Vital Elements in Friday Harbor. I love to make special books for specific people and occasions! I also do custom Ink illustration. Feel free to contact me for any reason.
P.O. Box 806
Lopez Island, WA 98261
Slow Art Studio & Bindery
1008 B Dill Road
An art studio and book bindery, open by chance, or by appointment. I'm there almost every afternoon. Custom binding projects are always welcome!
After the Winter Holidays, I plan to do some teaching in my studio and another class at the San Juan Island Library.