An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends.
Susie is a leather artist perhaps best known for her striking hand bound sketchbooks, but also sells one-of-a-kind leather handbags and cuffs as our gallery. As is so often the case with artists, Susie came to bookbinding as a solution to a problem. She has always kept journals but wanted to have a book that would mellow with use rather than fall apart like store-bought ones that quickly became dog-eared and worse. She studied with the Head Book Conservator from Princeton University who taught her the 15th century binding technique that is the foundation for her unique style. Her goal is to create something that is stunning, inspiring, and will last a lifetime (and beyond)… and we think she has succeeded! Her books have travelled all over the world, to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, across every ocean, and been filled by the hands of famous musicians, philosophers and artists including Oprah and The Rolling Stones.
A well rounded artist, Susie has a BFA in ceramics, and put herself through school by making and selling jewelry. She’s also studied and taught belly dancing and is an accomplished wood carver. Having lived on Orcas Island for 18 years, 14 of those associated with the Artworks, Susie feels lucky to be alive, living in paradise, doing what she loves and surrounded by good people.