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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist for the month of August 2009

Tricia Morris

Tricia Morris

Tricia Morris

I discovered her work thanks to an online search for crafting tutorials and found her originally over on Craft TV Weekly. It is thanks to Tricia and Tim Holtz that I started boookbinding. Tricia’s tutorials are now available on a new site that will be listed at the end of the article. For those of you who haven’t yet found Tricia Morris, here in her own words, is a little more about her and her work.

 

Who you are:

TM: Tricia Morris

 

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

TM: Greenville, Wisconsin, USA

 

What you do:

TM: Co-Owner of Club Scrap, Inc. with my best pal, Dinah Mueller, since 1999. I help oversee the design team as we design and create our original monthly scrapbooking kits. I also film technique videos in our in-house studio several times a month and contribute to our monthly Scrap Rap newsletters.

 

What got you started in your creative journey?

TM: In the mid-90’s, I was introduced to the technique of heat embossing and was amazed. After purchasing just a few basic supplies, I was hooked on stamping. After learning that I was expecting my first child in 1997, I also picked up scrapbooking so that I could keep a nice book of my child’s life. I was immediately convinced that scrapbooking and stamping is a match made in heaven.

 

What inspires you:

TM: I am inspired by time alone in my craft studio and a clean work space. (However, that does not imply that I actually have a clean work space.) I’m also inspired by things around me…magazine ads, color combinations in home décor and fashion, other creative hobbies, and books on crafting or bookmaking.

 

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

TM: I’d like to do exactly what I’m doing right now, but maybe with a few more hours in a day. I think that makes me a pretty lucky gal.

 

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

TM: I love brainstorming with my creative team. I am so thrilled when someone says, “What if…?” We start to fill in the blanks and bounce ideas off each other. When the ball gets rolling, we start to ride the wave and come up with some inventive concepts. It’s so much fun and very rewarding.

Links

To find out more about Tricia and her work, please visit her websites, details below.

My blog is all about sharing links to creative people and their work. Are there are any of your websites/shops that you would like to include details of and links to in your article?

TM:

Many thanks to Tricia Morris for being our Featured Artist of the Month for August 2009.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist for the month of July 2009;

Rhonda Miller

 

 

I discovered Rhonda’s work, thanks to the Book Arts Forum. Rhonda makes the most superb hand bound books and specializes in the medieval style of bindings. For those of you who haven’t yet found Rhonda, here in her own words, is a little more about Rhonda and her work.

Who you are: 

Rhonda Miller, MyHandboundBooks.com

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 Nova Scotia, Canada

What you do:

I am a bookbinder and I do some other book & paper arts like marbling, printmaking, origami, and a little paper making. Primarily I make blank journals and sell them on Etsy. I also sell some marbled papers on Etsy. When I have time, I like to create artist’s books and I have had a few included in art gallery exhibits.

What got you started in your creative journey?

It was the boxes of art and craft supplies that my parents gave me each year for Christmas! I’ve tried a lot of different things, from watercolour painting to jewellery design; but, about seven years ago I started making books while attending library school where some bookbinding classes were offered in the evenings. Since then, bookbinding has become my main creative outlet and it has led me into other areas of book and paper arts that are also very fulfilling and rewarding.

What inspires you: 

History & technique. I spend a lot of time doing research and reading about the old styles of binding and I try to replicate them as much as possible, with some modernization to make them practical and durable as everyday journals.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

I’d love to have a bindery / workshop / studio / classroom / gallery / gift shop space in a nice old downtown district somewhere with visiting artists and classes and exhibits and all that fun stuff.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

The whole process is amazing: from conception of an idea to completion of a project. Although when a project is finally complete, particularly a big project, sitting back and looking at the finished work is certainly the most satisfying thing ever!

Links

To find out more about Rhonda Miller and her work, please visit her blog and websites, details below.

These are Rhoda’s favorite sites on-line

 

Thanks to Rhonda for being our Featured Artist of the Month for July 2009

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In the second of a new series of articles, I would like to introduce, for the month of June 2009, our new Featured Artist;

Kiley

I discovered Kiley’s work and ‘met’ her, thanks to the Book Arts Forum. I adore her books and she has really inspired me with my bookbinding.

For those of you who haven’t yet found Kiley, in her own words here is a little more about her and her work.

 

Who you are:

I’m Kiley my co-workers call me a “digital goddess” however they like also like to rub in the fact that I am from generation Y and therefor the baby in the office.  When I had to give a sentance about myself for the company blog I said “I’m a soy allergic, bike riding, Etsy loving, bookbinder, crafty chic, & foodie.”  which I feel covers most of what I do with my free time.  I guess I forgot about the digital goddess side of myself :)

 

Where you are (which country you are based in):

I’m in Eugene, OR USA.  Which I joke is sunny Oregon, but really it rains a lot here and when it’s raining is usually when I am most productive in my studio. 
 

 

What you do:

During the day I work for an organic vegan coconut milk ice cream company, Coconut Bliss,  which is a wonderfully terrible thing!  I love my job however we have a freezer full of delightful ice cream at all times and self control is so hard.  I do a variety of things there, one of which includes managing our twitter feed (@lunaandlarrys) 
When I’m not at work I’m a wife with a great husband.  He lets me have the entire second bedroom to myself to make a big papery mess out of, and make a large mess of it I do.  Bookbinding is my love however I do many other crafty things as well.  I like to crochet, and before you ask yes, I tried knitting once but couldn’t find a left handed teacher so it didn’t work out too tell… But I do crochet hats and scarfs.  I also have a sewing machine that doesn’t get a lot of love, mostly when I’ve been silk screening on fabric to make totes with.  My silk screening equipment also hasn’t seen much use, but that’s because we live in apartment and I have to screen outside which makes it a fair weather, 3 months a year activity. 

 

What got you started in your creative journey?

My creative journey was started long ago by my dad who sadly never got to see the full arrival of where I am today.  My parents started college when I started grade school and my father was getting a fine arts degree.  I attended a lab school which was housed on the college campus so I would just walk across the lawn to the art building when I finished in the afternoon.  I sat in on some classes and often tinkered around in whatever lab my dad was working in.  I have always had a creative bug in me and tried every type of art/craft I could in high school but still didn’t find what quite made me happy.  I learned very quickly I can’t draw or paint like my dad but I did get his eye for color and design. 
My journey into bookbinding started with the age old question of what I do I want to be when I grow up.  I had been working in the library for my undergraduate degree and really enjoyed it.  I graduated and knew I wanted to stay in the library field so I started looking at all the options, I found the small field of conservation and took a bookbinding class to see if I would like the job.  Needless to say I loved the class and have been making books ever since. 

 

What inspires you?

Colors and textures really inspire me, I hardly ever walk into my studio with an idea of what I am going to make.  I walk in and start digging around in my materials until a color or material grabs me and I work from there.

 

If money, time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

I would spend a lot more time in my studio and a lot more money on materials.  I would keep a well stocked studio with lots of flat files to store everything with work benches on top.   I would travel around to all the interesting workshops and classes that I hear about and expand my knowledge of bookbinding and conservation treatments.

 

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

I enjoy that no matter what kind of day I’ve had I can go spend some time in my studio and come out a calmer happier person.

Links

Where to find Kiley’s work;
Blog;  http://kupokiley.blogspot.com
Etsy Store; http://kupokiley.etsy.com
Twitter; http://twitter.com/KileysBooks

 

Many thanks to Kiley for being our Featured Artist of the Month.

Best wishes thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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In the first of a new series of articles, I would like to introduce for the month of May, our first Featured Artist

Sue Bleiweiss

I discovered her work thanks to a recommendation from Jackie on the Book Arts Forum, but for those of you who haven’t yet found Sue Bleiweiss, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

Sue Bleiweiss  of  www.suebleiweiss.com

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 USA

What you do:

I make books and journals.   I teach online classes through www.twocreativestudios.com  and live classes at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham Massachusetts.  I sell some of my work through the Danforth Museum and through my etsy shop at http://suebleiweiss.etsy.com/

What got you started in your creative journey?

Up until 6 or so years ago I was working in the high tech world building online reporting and financial analaysis systems.  I decided that I wanted a less stressful and slower paced way of life so I left it to purse some other things.  I started out weaving and spent a couple of years selling my weavings and handbags. That got boring after a time and I wanted new challenges and one thing led to another and I started exploring mixed media, surface design and book making techniques.

What inspires you: 

I get this question a lot and it’s a tough one to answer because I really don’t find inspiration in any one source.  I guess for me the inspiration to create comes from being able to do what I truly enjoy doing every day.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Honestly, I would do exactly what I am doing now.  Being able to spend my days in my studio with my dogs working at my own pace and creating whatever the muse moves me to create is really exactly what I want to do.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Well I get to move at my own pace.  By that I mean I enjoy moving through my days without the pressure to create something on a deadline or by a due date.   I can pick and choose what I spend my time on.  A sunny day might find me on the deck painting paper or fabric or just lounging about enjoying the warm weather and sketching or brainstorming new ideas.   There’s a great deal of creative freedom and motivation that comes from being able to be creative on my own terms with no restrictions like deadlines or customer specifications.

Links

To find out more about Sue Bleiweiss and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.
http://www.suebleiweiss.com
http://www.twocreativestudios.com

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Thanks to Sue Bleiweiss for being our Featured Artist of the Month for May 2009

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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