Unique journals, collages, and vintage inspirations

Civita Castellana, Italy | 85 Sales


Unique journals, collages, and vintage inspirations

Civita Castellana, Italy 85 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Hand made blank books, prints, mixed media collages, vintage ephemera and occasional jewelry

Thanks for finding my Etsy space and for taking the time to read about me!

I came late to making things, after a lot of years of working in big companies and without any sort of creative outlet. As a way of de-stressing while working I started taking courses in Seattle in print-making, then bookmaking, and then I started to put the two activities together. I have always loved paper, and old things, and photocopiers.

Gradually, I've begun making collages and uniting all of my favorite materials and techniques. I tend to hoard paper and old illustrated books and ephemera collected while working in the auction business. I am also starting to put some of that material into my Etsy store - always originals, never digital versions or copies.

Paper - plain or commercial, especially patterned, is my weakness. Better that than have a propensity to hoard newspaper, magazines, or shoes, right? My other weakness is oil-based ink. There is never a bad time to have a long session of gluing things together. By nature I am dextrous, attentive to detail, observant and infinitely curious. Lost in making something, or cutting something, or stamping something, or combining things, time flies by and nothing else matters. The ideas come thick and fast, inspiration is everywhere, but there are never enough hours in the day.

I don't draw, or paint, or manage to sit still and concentrate on a single thing for overlong. Oh look! A squirrel!!

Without doubt, I work better with deadlines and constrictions. I love taking classes and playing with and learning from other people whose visions and tastes are different from mine. I'd have stayed in college for twenty years if they'd have let me and if I could have afforded it.

I always hope that the stuff I make will go to appreciative new homes where it will become part of someone's life and give pleasure.

My books are almost always blank. As hard as I've tried to establish a journaling practice, it hasn't stuck. There is a lot to say and record, but the written word is not my way to do it. If you've found your way here, I bet it is your way of doing it!

Email me anytime with questions or comments.

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  • Alison

    Owner, Maker, Printer, Book Maker, Observer, Gleeful Traveller, Daydreamer, Scheme Hatcher, And Internet Eye-candy Addict

    I'm a lapsed art historian and auctioneer, expatriate, lover of junk stores, architecture, hoarder of ephemera, constant student, drinker of red wine, and fan of dark chocolate. I post images of most everything here: www.flickr.com/photos/kurberry/

  • Matilda

    Mascot, More Hindrance Than Help, Useless At Glueing

    Matilda was born in August 2005. She sheds, hates riding in cars, is terribly spoiled, but is useful as feline hot water bottle in cold weather.

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