Announcement Bohemian minimalist jewelry featuring natural gemstones, hand-knotted bookmarks, nature and botanical art, and hand-bound journals.
Bohemian minimalist jewelry featuring natural gemstones, hand-knotted bookmarks, nature and botanical art, and hand-bound journals.
Jo on Oct 9, 2015
I LOVE Carol's Jotter Journals! Many of my family members are writers and these are PERFECT for them to carry anywhere!!
crystal on Aug 21, 2014
Very helpful seller offering delicately gorgeous wares. So pleased to begin writing in these. Perfect for my purse so I catch ideas along the way.
Connecting You to Nature, One Piece at a Time.
My name is Carol, and I am the owner and artist behind CCreech Studio here in Ann Arbor, MI.
My creative journey has been a long, slow, winding road that somehow always seems to come back to drawing, nature and working with my hands.
As a child, I was always "making something." I spent hours carefully copying animal and nature note cards to learn how to draw. I made little purses with flaps and buttons for myself and bookmarks "laminated" with tape and finished with yarn tassels as gifts for my family. I even took a rainy Saturday and created an entire kitchen out of cardboard shoe boxes!
I continued creating and drawing while growing up, but my first big "ah ha!" moment in my artistic development happened here in Ann Arbor. During graduate school for library science, I discovered a wonderful book at a remainder shop titled "Pen & Ink Techniques" by Frank Lohan. I purchased a fine point Rotring sketch pen and started copying drawings from the book. It was like coming home! I loved drawing in pen and ink and couldn't get enough of it. Pen and ink remains one of my very favorite media, and I often combine it with colored pencil in my nature artwork.
Natural Science Illustration and Botanical Art
After library school, I learned about an entire organization dedicated to natural science illustration called The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) and also found the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). Joining these two amazing organizations and taking coursework in botanical illustration at Brookside Gardens in Maryland put me solidly on the path to focusing on botanical and nature art in my work.
Beads and Semi-Precious Gemstones
When my husband and I started a family, I found myself with less time for focused drawing projects, but craving texture and three-dimensional work. I discovered improvisational seed bead artwork and started down the path to working with all kinds of beautiful, natural semiprecious gemstones. Such gorgeous patterns, shapes and colors! I started creating beaded leather wrap bracelets and opened my Etsy shop with those. I sold one on my first day, which was very encouraging!
My shop was born out of the bracelets, but I soon added more items that are practical as well as beautiful, including hand-bound artist journals using fine art papers, jotter journal sets featuring prints of my original botanical and nature artwork, and pendants and macramé bookmarks that highlight the gorgeous natural history found in the stones I use. I am really intrigued by the natural stones found here in Michigan and use those often in my work.
My Creative Goal
No matter what I create, my goal is to provide you with a high-quality piece made by my own hands; something that inspires you with a little “ah-ha!” of your own. Perhaps it is a favorite animal or plant charm that has meaning for you? Or maybe it is a perfectly sized mini-journal to take with your during your day for notes/creative writing/sketches? Or it could even be a single stone with just the right shape, color or perfect imperfection that makes you feel like you have found a part of yourself. Whatever you find, I hope that you enjoy the connection to nature and durable simplicity of each creation.
Carol F. Creech
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
My goal is to provide you with a high-quality piece made by my own hands. One that is useful, practical, and beautiful. You will find a range of items including jotter journals featuring my original artwork on the cover, handmade art journals for your own work or to gift to the artist in your life, and jewelry created with natural stones and sewn with Fireline or S-Lon beading thread for a strong, durable, and beautiful piece of wearable natural history.
My education as a geographer, work as a librarian, and lifelong pursuit of art in various forms leads me to create items that I am excited about, drawn to, and hope to share with you.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or custom requests. I love hearing from current and future customers and fellow kindred spirits!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
PLEASE NOTE: I charge a $15.00 fee for new design custom work in addition to the cost of the piece.
Expedited shipping available via UPS for an additional charge. Conact me to make arrangements.
International shipping is possible, depending on customs restrictions for a country. Please contact me to discuss.
Refunds and Exchanges
**Please contact me directly if you have a question or problem with an item received from my shop. I want to work with you to make sure you are getting the product and quality that you deserve and that I strive to provide.**
BRACELET SIZING: Please convo me if you have any questions or concerns about bracelet sizing. I am more than happy to help you figure out the best size for your needs.