Wednesday, April 20

Chester County Studio Tour


I am so excited to be participating in this year's Chester County Studio Tour on May 21 and 22.
This two-day event is a wonderful way for folks to come out and meet artists in their studios and learn a little more about their creative process. It's a unique opportunity and it's free!


This year's participating artists will be creating a one unique 6- x 6-inch piece of original art that will sell for $75.  My submission to the County Collectors is below. "Calm Life" will be sold to the first taker after the tour opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.


I hope you come out to visit me in Studio #20!

Tuesday, March 22

Clearing some things off my desk


I'm participating in the Chester County Studio Tour May 21-22, 2016. It's the first time I've been involved in this tour, and I'm really excited about it. Above is my submission for the County Collectors - a feature of the Tour that is such a wonderful idea. Participating artists create one 6" by 6" unique piece that will sell for $75. That's it. Just $75. The pieces are all the same the price and size, making art affordable for everyone! Since my art is books and not a painting or something that would fit easily on the 6" square frame, I made mine into a shadow box to hold the book - "Calm Life." Like many (most) of my books, the signatures are wrapped in ecodyed paper. I hope you can come out in May to visit! I only have one comparative piece, so come out early if you're interested!


I've also been working on these freestyle trout flies for a collaboration project. This is the third element in our four-element box, which I'll share when we've reached the finish line. I'm thinking we're about a year in at this point, so maybe another year to finish!

Although I haven't done it for years, I used to enjoy fly fishing. That's what happens when you have two sons. I can cast a fly rod and shoot a shotgun. It was that or stay home, but I actually enjoy both! And I love making these little flies! This one is housed in a vintage-isn lure box that I picked up somewhere.

Thursday, December 3

Live An Artful Life



I was delighted to be featured in the fall issue of Life An Artful Life. You can read the story here:


Somehow, I forgot to mention that here, but I am pleased as punch about Tom's article!

Friday, November 20

California Workshops in 2016


I'm headed back to Fullerton, California, in February to teach my Stamped Nature Bound workshop at Gilding the Lily.


February 6 and 7, 2016


Over this two-day workshop, I will show participants how to solder, stamp and embellish book covers, and how to bind them into a treasured book using Coptic binding. At the same time, I will show students how to coax beautiful prints onto paper for their pages using leaves, heat and water.
The skills and handouts students leave this workshop with will arm them to make books of all sizes.
Kits will include everything necessary to complete a 6- by 4-inch book similar to shown.

For more information, visit the Gilding The Lily web site here.
To register, call Dede Warren at 714-757-0558

There are just two spots left!


And then . . . 


I'm headed over to Los Angeles February 13 for a one-day Wearable Book workshop at Make Art in LA.


We will not be ecodyeing during this one-day workshop, but we will make a charming little book that can be filled with thoughts or photos and then worn.


I will show participants how to solder and embellish book covers and then stitch them into small books using a Coptic stitch. After the books have been assembled, we will attach them to lightly embellished chains.
Again, the techniques and handouts that students leave this workshop with will arm them to make books of all sizes.

For more information or to enroll, visit the Make Art in LA here.

Both of these classes are for all levels of student.

I hope you can join us!!

Wednesday, September 30

Family Tree accepted into 23 Sandy Gallery's Blood Quantum


I am thrilled, excited and honored that my book Family Tree was accepted into 23 Sandy Gallery's show Blood Quantum.


You can see my work in the online exhibition catalog here.


Or, even better, you could drop into the gallery if you're in or close to Portland.


The show will run November 6 - December 15.







Sunday, August 23

Nature Bound - Omaha, Nebraska


I hope you can join me in Omaha, Nebraska, October 17 and 18 when I teach Nature Bound at The Makery. We'll be making a 4" by 3" soldered Coptic bound book with ecodyed pages, but the techniques you learn will arm you to make books of all sizes. 

We will focus on ecodyeing paper to use in our books, but your kit will include a piece of wool felt to be ecodyed and sewn into a bag to hold your finished book. (You can see the little bags beneath books in the upper right and lower left corners of the flyer above.)

Workshop hours are Saturday from 10 - 5 and Sunday 12 - 3. You will be on your own for food, but there are several choices in the area.

Your kit is included in the cost of the workshop and will contain everything you need to complete your book. The cost of transportation and accommodations are not included. A list of hotels close to the venue will be sent when you have secured your spot. You can send payment to LeslieMarsh@mac.com via PayPal or contact me for an address to mail a check.

The cost for this two-day workshop is $265.

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 5

ABC in New York


 We went up to New York last weekend. Every time I go, I think that I should go more often, and then it's years before I do.
Last weekend was beautiful, and we walked all over Manhattan.


I met my friend, Elizabeth, on Saturday, and she gave me a tour of her section of town. You may know Elizabeth from one of her blogs. She has several, and she was a great tour guide.


Our first stop was ABC Carpet, and you may think that was the only place we went, because the rest of these photos were all taken there.


There are so many cool things in that store. I had never been before.


It may have been my first trip there, but it definitely won't be my last.


We also went to the Union Square Green Market, but I didn't take any photos there.


And the Chelsea Market. Nope. No photos there either.


And the High Line. I took a couple of a photos there, but they really didn't capture the feel of the place, so you won't see them here.


The first photo in this post was taken from Elizabeth's rooftop garden. It was spectacular up there.


So, enjoy these views of ABC Carpet, and if you're ever in New York, stop in. You won't be sorry!








Thursday, July 30

Rose Villa Book Workshop

Last month I was delighted to teach a book class in Michigan with Roxanne Evans Stout. You may know her from her blog River Garden Studio. If you aren't familiar with her work, head over. I'll wait.


I've known Roxanne for years, and I've been a fan of her beautiful nature work, her prose and her gentle ways for all of them. She is full of inspiration and so generous with it!


We had a full house at Rose Villa in the charming little town of Laingsburg. It was like a large slumber party with 12 creative friends!


Roxanne led participants through a wealth of page treatments and techniques, while I focused on the book's structure and ecodyeing some of the paper for the inside of their books. 

Our days were filled to the brim with creativity and excitement and sharing.


We went out to Kip's farm on Day 3 to gather leaves for ecodyeing. Karrie took advantage of the beautiful day. I have a feeling that she doesn't let a single opportunity for joy get past her.


Ecodyeing was a big hit with the ladies. It always is!


At the end of our time together . . . 


I'm happy to say . . . 


That every . . . 


single . . .


book was finished! Everyone finished a small, Coptic-bound book as well.

And tons of other beautiful things!

(This isn't all of the books, of course. A few folks got away before I thought to bring out my camera!)


Kip and Camille - our hostesses - were wonderful. They even brought in a masseuse for Roxanne and me on Day 4! It was greatly appreciated!


Two weeks after our workshop, Sharon (above) drove out from Michigan with her husband and took the workshop by herself at my studio in West Chester! This was after seeing the work that one of the participants completed in class. 

You can check out Tina's review of the workshop here. She took a lot more photos than I did! Thanks, Tina.

And see some of the work done on pages on Roxanne's blog here.

It was a wonderful week, and one I'll remember fondly forever.