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Brenna Jael
Brenna Jael

Drawing: Illustration & sequential art
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. But throughout my life I've had a deep need to be artistically creative with my hands and my brain.
As just one of my varied part-time jobs in the Islands, I worked with Suzi Shipman at Island Bound Books on Orcas Island for 6 years, doing simple tasks for her in the bindery and developing a taste for paper and leather, and the 3-dimensional/sculptural quality of books. Many years later in 2012, I got more serious about binding 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 rented an industrial studio space near where I live on Dill Road. 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 Southend 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 illustration and heirloom family tree drawings. Feel free to contact me for any reason.

Mailing address
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; look for my bike outside.
Custom binding projects are always welcome!
So far this year, I'm teaching in my studio and at the San Juan Island Library. Check lopezrocks.org for the bindery schedule!
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