A few years ago, when I started art journaling, I discovered that I could make my own books to work in. That was the spark that ignited my love for making handmade books. I enjoyed creating custom sizes and using various materials in order to create a book that was not only functional, but beautiful! One of my goals when I create is to use the materials that I have been collecting, many of them from other hobbies. I enjoy giving new life to the fabrics that I’ve been collecting for decades, and the pages from vintage books that were gifted to me by my husband for our 20th anniversary. Every book that I make feels special to me, and I love the unique qualities of each one. I enjoy trying out new binding styles, new closure methods, and different combinations of materials.
If you would like to hear more about how I got started with making art, you can listen to episode 19 of the Willa Wanders Show Up or Shut Up podcast. Find out all the places I've lived, and discover how the idea of Fodder School and the Fodder Challenge started!