This month our Featured Artist is;
I discovered Jackie and her work, when I first started bookbinding and was searching for forums/blogs on the subject. Jackie runs an excellent bookbinding forum called The Book Arts Forum Her work is excellent and there are links to her sites at the end of the article. For those of you who haven’t discovered Jackie yet, her in her own words is a little more about her.
BCR: Who you are:
JP: My name is Jacqueline Poutasse but I’m called Jackie
BCR: Where you are (which country you are based in):
JP: I’m on the east coast of the USA in Virginia Beach, Virginia
BCR: What you do:
JP: I’m mainly a book artist and photographer but for the past two years I have been in the fine arts program at our local community college learning how to draw and paint.
BCR: What got you started in your creative journey?
JP: Both my parents are artists. My dad is a woodworker and my mom paints and sews, so the creative gene is pretty prominent. I’ve always done some type of art/craft but about twenty years ago I was inspired to start making books as gifts for friends and then I fell in love with early 20th century French bookbindings and I was hooked.
BCR: What inspires you?
JP: My friends and family, other artists, basically the world around me.
BCR: If money, time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?
JP: I’d love to travel and take traditional painting classes in places like Italy.
BCR: What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?
JP: That I get to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world.
BCR: My blog is all about sharing links to creative people and their work. Are any of your sites/shops/ Classes that you would like to include details of and links to in your article?
JP: Definitely include my blog as well as The Book Arts Forum(which I think is still the best kept secret of the book arts world). Since I am on the final leg of my degree I haven’t had much time to teach classes so I’m not offering any at this time, though I am planning on starting up some online classes this fall in book arts. This summer I am planning on updating the blog and updating the forumsoftware to make them both more functional. I do have a Flickr site if someone wants to see examples of my work. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tjbookarts/
Many thanks to Jackie for being our Featured Artist for the month of September 2009. Do visit her sites and sign up to the best bookbinding forum there is.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon