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An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends.

 
Susie Shipman

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.

http://orcasartworks.com/artists/susie-shipman/
http://www.islandboundbooks.com/

ARTWORKS ARTISANS FROM A to Z: № 26

An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends. Sue Roland Sue makes delicate, elegant jewelry mostly using semi precious gemstones and pearls as the stars and a supporting cast of 14 karat gold-fill or sterling silver. She admits to having a weakness for colorful…

ARTWORKS ARTISANS FROM A to Z: № 25

An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends.   April Pollock April makes delightful vases and lanterns using glass gleaned largely from our local dump (oh when will our Exchange open again?) and filigreed with steel wire and various found objects. The lights are…

ARTWORKS ARTISANS FROM A to Z: № 20

An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends. Marilee Holm Marilee creates abstract paintings using the centuries old encaustic technique. This involves melting dammar resin crystals in bees wax and adding dry pigments. She applies the hot wax to birch plywood, and finishes the…

ARTWORKS ARTISANS FROM A to Z: № 23

An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends. Holly Larson Holly creates mostly small paintings, bookmarks, and some larger paintings, primarily using watercolor or alcohol inks. She finds a lot of her inspiration in island scenes, particularly the water, and you’ll find many shades…

ARTWORKS ARTISANS FROM A to Z: № 22

An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends. Maggie Kaplan Calling Maggie a quilter only hints at what she creates. Yes, there are quilts, and wall hangings in vibrant blocks of color but there is plenty more coming out of her studio. If it…

ARTWORKS ARTISANS FROM A to Z: № 21

An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends. Ann Jones It’s clear that Ann is passionate about color! The deep, vibrant tones of her pastels will command your eye as you wander through our gallery. She starts her pieces with an underpainting on a…

ARTWORKS ARTISANS FROM A to Z: № 19

An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends. Dale Heisinger Dale Heisinger is a retired Pediatrician who has been woodworking for 35 years. He has studied design and furniture making at James Krenov’s College of the Redwoods, and at Gary Rogowski’s Northwest Woodworking Studio…

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An Introduction of our members to our island community. Please “like” us and “share” with all your Facebook friends.   Dave Haslett We are lucky to have Dave Haslett as one of our Co-op artists. While his medium, stone sculpture, has roots in the native cultures of the Pacific Northwest, it is a relatively rare…

Orcas Studio Tour Coming Soon

  Dear Friends, Did you know many of our members are participating in the ORCAS STUDIO TOUR this year? Take this opportunity to visit their private work setting, watch demonstrations, and purchase art! Preview artists’ work at the Orcas Center August 1st to August 29th. You and all your friends are invited to the show…