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I’ve always loved books.  They served as an escape for me, for as long as I can remember, and they still do.  There is something magical about a book – the places it can take you, the wisdom it can impart and the feelings it can invoke. 

A good books stays with you long after it’s been read.

I still love reading books, but now I love making them as well.  As an artist, I believe that one does not need a traditional canvas to create a work of art. 

An altered book cover or a piece of fabric can become the perfect foundation for a beautiful piece of art.  A canvas can be just about anything.  The only limit is one’s imagination. 

I create journals because they are a place where you can pour out your feelings, express all of your fears, dreams and desires. 

They can provide hope, help you heal and nourish your soul.  I believe that’s something we can all use more of, no matter who we are or where we are on this journey called life.

“Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.”
― Carolyn V. Hamilton

Chickadee Coptic Stitched Journal

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open” – Natalie Goldberg

 

faux leather travelers journals
Faux Leather Travelers Journals Spines

“People who keep journals have lived life twice.” – Jessamyn West

Animated Nature Journal Front Cover

‘{Journaling} is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” – Mina Murray

fabric travelers journals
Upcycled Fabric Travelers Journals

 “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”- William Wordsworth

junk journal
Mermaid Junk Journal Side view

‘Creativity takes courage.” – Henry Matisse

Hand Painted Hardcover Travelers Journals

 “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank

Hand Stitched Travelers Journal

“As there are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

While I love creating journals, my other passions are textile art and mixed media collage.  The first work I ever sold was a collage of a poppy field.

I originally started out using paper in my collages, then I discovered fabric.  Now I love mixing the two, which really is the best of both worlds for me.

I believe that something magical happens when fabric, paper and stitching are combined.

“Wildflowers

‘Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

textile art on canvas
“Wonderland”

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