Announcement Natural gemstone and stone jewelry, hand-knotted gemstone bookmarks, nature and botanical art, and hand-sewn journals.
Natural gemstone and stone jewelry, hand-knotted gemstone bookmarks, nature and botanical art, and hand-sewn 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.
Drawing, Beading and Bookbinding. Detailed Simplicity Inspired by Nature.
My name is Carol, and I am the owner and artist behind CCreech Studio here in Ann Arbor, MI.
As a child, I was always "making something." I spent hours diligently copying animal and nature note cards to learn how to draw. I made little purses with flaps and buttons for myself and bookmarks carefully "laminated" with tape and finished with yarn tassels as gifts for my family and once created an entire kitchen out of cardboard shoe boxes. With buttons, beads, needle and thread, scraps of cloth, or paper and pencils, I could always find something to do!
I continued creating, especially drawing, as I grew up. 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 couldn't believe how much I loved drawing in pen and ink, and I couldn't get enough of it. Pen and ink remains one of my very favorite media.
Later, I learned about an entire organization dedicated to natural science illustration called The Guild of Natural Science Illustration (GNSI) and also found the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). Joining these two organizations and continuing to learn put me solidly on the path to focusing on botanical and nature art in my work.
After years of two-dimensional artwork and starting a family which reduced the amount of time I had for focused drawing, I found myself craving texture and three-dimensions. I found my way back to beading and renewed my interest in 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 - 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.
My goal is to provide you with a high-quality piece made by my own hands and hope that you enjoy the detailed 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.