34 Fengler Rd
Scarborough, ME 04074
Chong draws a design then carves it in reverse (concave) into 1/4″ thick brass or magnesium plates using hammer and self-made chisels.He casts fiberglass into the metal plates to make the convex image or “counter”. Judi attaches the metal plate to a heat plate on the press with the counter opposite on the platen. 80-300 lb paper or 10 mil copper sheets are pressed between the metal plate and counter to produce the embossed design. Watercolor is added to the paper background accented with colored pencil, air brush, brush pen and roll leaf. Copper sheets are colored with heat torch, patina and oil pastel. Judi makes some of the paper used for embossing and with embedded plant material for matting. All matting and framing is done in-studio. Island Designs note cards, matted and framed paper and copper pieces are available at shows, online and at their Island Artisans galleries in Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor. Mission Statement: We are perpetually enthralled by the beauty of God’s creation here in Maine and we hope that our designs will enrich and bless the lives of our patrons.
113 Reach Road
Brooklin, ME 04616
A production hand papermaker since 1994, I specialize in artist-grade and lampshade papers.
Bits of fiber from walks in the woods or along the sea find their way into some of the papers – tufts of cattail, small bits of lichen.
Mill ends from a textile mill in Guilford Maine, thrums from handweaver friends, garlic stem from Four Seasons Farm, traditional papermaking fibers from Thailand and the Philipines, rag from places less exotic.
Bright pigments ground from the earth.
Never satisfied for long, the vat will metamorphous from one color to the next with all the steps between the two.
The result is a rich palette of handmade papers in many different shades and textures.
Nestled in the heart of Westport Island off the coast of Maine, Mermaid Bindery offers a line of journals and treasure boxes available for purchase online and at a number of select craft shows.
Showing early interest in the arts, Joelle had the good fortune to work under the tutelage of her aunt, well-known contemporary illuminated manuscript artist Nancy Leavitt.
Furthering her bookbinding education in the Center for the Book program at the University of Iowa, Joelle creates books and boxes with an artistic sensibility rivaled only by the precision and attention to detail she executes with each project.