Brenna Jael
Brenna Jael

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

I'm a Washington native and mostly grew up in Seattle. I went to Camp Orkila (Orcas Island) and Camp Casey (Whidbey Island) as a child in the 1970's. I secretly think that's why I ended up back in the Islands as a 'grown-up' in 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 piecework 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 'goofing around' to make my own sketchbooks, and started to get more serious about the craft. In 2012 I attended an 8 week bookbinding intensive at the Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina), where I learned about traditional binding styles (Asian and European), working with goatskin leather, and archival restoration skills.
I'm now working in my studio & bindery full time and have a steady online business (Etsy), also selling my work in person at Lopez and Anacortes Farmer's Markets and Winter holiday markets in the area. I have a few shops around the Sound who retail for me, as well.
You can look at my website for more information.
One of my favorite things is working with my customers; they challenge me to try new things and give me great ideas and feedback.
I make custom books and albums in leather, cloth and paper.
Feel free to contact me for any reason.

Mailing address
P.O. Box 806
Lopez Island, WA 98261




Slow Art Studio & Bindery
1008 Dill Road, suite E
An art studio and book bindery, open by chance, or by appointment.
I'm there almost every afternoon. My studio is on the Southwest side of the building.
Custom binding, illustration or signpainting projects are always welcome!
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