Hobbit Hole Art Studio

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About HobbitHoleArtStudio

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On Etsy since 2019

Welcome to my own little bizarre and brightly festooned corner of the Internet.

During the late summer of 2012, I was fortunate enough to be granted full access to a stash of my beloved great-uncle's sheet music collection. His passion for piano was unsurpassed and his best friend owned a music shop, so with their powers combined, the volume of pop tunes from the 1890s through the 1960s was rather staggering.

Most of these songbooks were published during a time when the presentation of written music was taken seriously as an art form. I framed my favorites and gave several as gifts. But what to do with the others? I noted with dismay that many had not aged well due to poor storage conditions and overuse. Pieces of the cover art remained intact, while the rest would be dotted with stains, acid spots, stamps and scribbles, holes and the like.

Some were as badly worn as another threadbare antique upon which my aunt had stumbled in my grandmother's home: a state annual from Iowa, printed for 1839-1840. This poor thing was so badly beaten that it no longer even had a cover. Yet it had its charming points, much like the songs from Uncle Eddie's long-neglected stash, and I couldn't quite bear to throw everything away outright.

Meanwhile, I'd been holding onto remnants of scrapbooking projects I had never completed.

All of the aforementioned paper bits went with me when, in the late summer of 2016, I had to flee my former home and begin a new life. Gradually, I found a new safe place to call my own, albeit a much smaller one - which I affectionately named "the Hobbit Hole." It is from this humble space that I've been able to happily begin blending my salvaged paper media with a little paint and canvas! I have found that it's a combination of therapy, KonMari-style closet clearing, and self-expression with a nod to my love of all things past.


I will ship via FedEx, as they have packaging materials specific to carefully securing artwork for the journey to its new home. I do my best to have orders shipped within three business days.

Please note that the primary paper materials used in my pieces are salvaged. They are in used, vintage condition and will accordingly show some of the ravages of time. No two pieces are alike, but they have their age and their origins in common.

I adore these roughed up reminders of another era. In addition to giving them new life in this art form, I am also working toward the goal of clearing out my own limited space, moving each finished piece forward to its next intended home. I live in a tiny apartment, not an ark, so please keep in mind that between my finite living area and the unique nature of these items, I cannot accept returns. That said, please let me know if a piece has suffered damage during shipment to you.

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  • Katharine


    Glad to meet you! I've opened my wee studio as an outlet for my musings on papers past. Please be sure to check out the shop's "Story" page to read about how the Hobbit Hole came to be.

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