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Thursday
Oct272016

Meet the Maker- Melissa Oesch (from Artisan Made Decor and Gifts)

 Thank you to Artisan Made Decor and Gifts for sharing this! You can see the full article and photos here.

"In a world filled with lots of external noise coming at us from all directions, it can be difficult to listen to that inner voice that is trying to help you find your way. Our next Maker heard that voice, and heeded it’s call. Meet Melissa Oesch, the creator and owner behind Re-Imagined by Luna. She tells us of her story... “In college, someone asked if I wanted to learn book-binding. I have always been drawn to books. I read them voraciously growing up — as a way to travel, escape and imagine. I've also kept a journal since I was six years old, using it to reflect and process, even at that young age. So, the idea of creating a book to write in was appealing. The invitation was to an evening workshop where we learned to bind using the Coptic stitch. When I finished, I swore I would never make another book. It took more patience than I anticipated and was the floppiest book ever. Little did I know…. I started entertaining the idea of beginning a book-making business while I was working on an organic vegetable farm. I remember thinking, "What if I could DO this?" I knew the only way to find out was to try. The name for the business had already been given to me. It came one night when I was reflecting on the past few difficult years. A lot had happened that made me fearful of the future. I felt like I had been holding my breath waiting for some relief. It was that night that the word "re-imagine" was given to me. I had the poignant thought that I needed to re-imagine the way my life could be rather than assuming that it would always be the way it had been. It could be more wonderful than I had ever thought. I could not shake this concept. At the time, I was creating journals out of vintage book covers and recycled paper. The word "re-imagine" continued to echo inside me even in regards to beginning a business. It shouted to me that I was capable and quietly reiterated my desire to be eco-friendly through "re-imagining" my materials."

Thursday
Oct202016

Artist Appreciation at University of KY

I participated in an artist appreciation fair at the University of KY today and had help from this young lady. I shared about how I got started, what my process is like, and did some demonstrating.  It was great to share with everyone who came through.  Thanks to the student activities board for having me!

Monday
Oct172016

Fall Festivals 2016

Thank you to everyone who has come out to the past couple months of art shows! I appreciate your support and smiles and friendliness. Lately, I feel like more and more people have made a point to let me know who they gave a journal to and the impact it had. Thank you for your intention and for sharing. I am so grateful.

Sunday
Oct162016

Bernheim Forest - Colorfest 2016

"For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."

-from The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

At Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

This was early one morning before Colorfest began.  Sometimes, it is important to sit quietly in nature.  Observing.  Listening-inwardly and otherwise.  

Friday
Sep162016

Kentucky Fried Zine Fest 2016

About a month ago, I got to participate in the Kentucky Fried Zine Fest for the first time. I really enjoyed being there and appreciate them inviting me so last min. You should try and come by next year if you can. They even had a table where you could make a page to add to a community zine, which was fun to contribute to.


Monday
Aug012016

Longstitch Leather Journal Workshop in Louisville July 2016

A group of ladies in Louisville invited me to teach a bookbinding class.  These women do a variety of art workshops together and were very enjoyable to teach.  I taught the leather long-stitch binding, and each participant left with a journal that they created.  Thanks to all of you ladies for having me!

Thursday
Jul282016

Custom Large Leather Journal with Handmade Paper

 This is a large leather handbound journal that has handmade paper and a leather tie closure.  I created it as a custom order recently for a new customer.  Here is what she wrote once she received it:  

I just got it, and it is absolutely beautiful!!! The colors are right on - perfect! Thank you so very much. You have an amazing talent, and as a person who is very picky about her journals, I'm so very glad I found you :)

Thanks again!

 

Wednesday
Jun012016

Journaling Workshop for NAMI Lexington

Thanks to James Haggie and NAMI Lexington for having me lead a journaling workshop at the 2016 KYSTARS Annual Consumer Conference.  We talked about different ways to use journaling and how it can assist the healing process.   I am glad to have had the opportunity and was inspired by so many of you.

Friday
Apr292016

NEW Refillable Hardback Sketchbooks

 I now have refillable hardback sketchbooks that have blank pages and are ideal for sketching and drawing.  The pages are lightly textured and acid-free and are great for pencil, pen, pastel, charcoal, and other dry media.  They each have 110 pages and are 70 lb (or 110 GSM).  These refillable sketchbooks come in four sizes (two are horizontal):  8.5 x 11, 11 x 8, 9 x 6, and 4 x 6 inches.  The refills will be available on my website.  

Monday
Apr252016

Custom Leather Dancer Journal

"To dance, put your hand on your heart and listen to the sound of your soul."
- Eugene Louis Faccuito