Thursday, July 30, 2009

Come see...what Art-Is-In {Artisan}

Welcome to the first artisan chat! It seems everyday I find another artisan whose work I admire (and covet). This particular artist, AwakenJournaling comes to you from the magical world of Etsy.

Personally, as an artist I own volumes of journals and sketchbooks as does my husband, a theatre professor. We both have a great love for these empty books that wait for our words and impressions.

Crafting remarkable leather journals,
AwakenJournaling presents inspiring vessels for our dreams, art, poems, and those special, secret and random thoughts. And now...on with the chat!

{Fire's Essence }

Where can we find you and your work?

On Etsy for now. I do have a twitter but I'm still experimenting with it to see how I like it.

What type of environment do you create in?

My apartment; I have a craft table set up, along with bookshelves and boxes of crafting stuff. My livingroom is pretty much overrun with craft items when I'm working!


What inspires you?

Often, the materials themselves - finding an unusual antique button, a perfect piece of seaglass on the beach, or a thick, crinkled piece of leather that has character to it...often I'm inspired by the materials themselves. I love to find truly unique materials and then begin to imagine how they can be turned into a lovely book.

Who is your creative hero?

I don't know that I have one -- I'll say nature! Because you can find such beautiful designs in nature. Even a walk in the park can reveal textures, shapes, and designs that are completely inspiring.

{Simple Scarlet}

What is your favorite aspect of selling on Etsy?

I love that Etsy is very oriented towards unique products and good photos. The forums are also very friendly. So I'd say the whole atmosphere of promoting creativity and individuality.

Do you use social networking? How has it worked for you?

I don't use it much. I recently started on Twitter but I'm not sure I like it that much yet. I am thinking of trying facebook. For now though my Etsy shop is enough.

{Reptilian Steampunk}

What do you look forward to?

Sales of course! :)

I'm very much looking forward to Christmas time. I just opened my shop in January so I 'm excited to see what will happen around the holiday season! I'm also going to my first craft fair in September and I'm very excited for that!

{Aqua Pearl Necklace}

If you weren't creating these wonderful journals, what would you be doing instead?

I would always be creating something. I go to school full-time but I love to create in my spare time, it's very relaxing. I doodle all the time-- when I'm talking on the phone, when I'm taking notes in class... I love to draw and create things with my hands. So if I didn't make journals, I'm sure I'd be making something else!

{Undersea Garden}

What have you always wanted to try?

I want to try to make my own paper at some point, I just don't have the space now. I also love to try new techniques, and incorporate new materials!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

If you're looking for some inspiring books to read, I can recommend: 'The Richest Man in Babylon,' 'Think and Grow Rich,' and 'Light from Many Lamps.' Two are more about building wealth and success in business, and the last is more inspirational.


Thank you so much AwakenJournaling for being the featured Artist in our Come see...What Art-Is-In {Artisan} Chat!

To celebrate the first Artisan Chat, I am offering my readers free shipping on any order in my shop, K. Nice Artworks through August 10th. Just mention 'AwakenJournaling Rocks!' at checkout in message to seller.

Make sure to stop by AwakenJournaling's shop to see her newest creations! She also has an exciting new shop, ArtisanJourneys for other leather items such as rings, bags and cuffs!


  1. Wonderful books and nice feature! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks so much for the feature!!

  3. Nice post! Really lovely journals.


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