Brenna Jael
Brenna Jael

Illustration: Illustration & sequential art
Painting: Signs & murals
Functional Art: Papercrafting
Paper: Traditional and repurposed bookbinding

A fourth-generation Washington native, I get homesick every time I try to live anywhere but the Salish Sea area!
I went to Camp Orkila (Orcas Is.) and Camp Casey (Whidbey Is.) as a young kid and I feel so at home in the North Puget Sound; I've been in the San Juans as a 'grown-up' since 1995.
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 tools used in their manipulation. Many years later I started kind of 'goofing around' to make my own sketchbooks, but in 2012, I got more serious about the Craft of Books and attended an 8 week session at the Penland School of Crafts (NC), where I learned about traditional binding styles (Asian and European), working with goatskin leather, and archival restoration skills.
Later on in 2012, I rented an industrial studio space near where I live. I'm now working in my studio & bindery full time and have a booming online business, as well as being a member of Village Arts, a small collective craft shop in Lopez Village.
Additionally, my books are for sale on Lopez Island at Paper Scissors on the Rock and the Southend General Store, at The Schack Art Center in Everett, and Vital Elements in Friday Harbor.
I also sell my work in person at the Anacortes Farmer's Market.
I love to make special books for specific people and occasions!
I also do custom illustration and heirloom family tree drawings, as well as Signpainting.
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 the big garage door.
Custom binding, illustration or signpainting projects are always welcome!
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