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Teresa Merriman

Medium: Mixed Media

Booth #: LS10C

Artist bio: During my upbringing, the idea of becoming a career artist was not even on the list. No one ever told me that artists aren't truly starving, but veritably, artists have adventurous, extraordinary, and fulfilling lifestyles. With the term “starving artist” circulating around during my formative years, I never really nurtured that whispering artistic part of myself; I instead studied science, mathematics and foreign language. By my mid-twenties, I discovered the art-show world and the entrepreneurial freedoms involved in it. That's when my little creative whisper became an evident roar!

I enthusiastically started self-teaching and experimenting with a multitude of disciplines, including photography, drawing, woodworking, metal-smithing, painting, calligraphy and other affairs, all with the intent of becoming an entrepreneur…a business owner…a professional artist. After trying my hand at these marvelous short-lived art-flings ~and they faded wayward~ I felt like a talentless castaway, bobbing in a sea of exhausted efforts.

I wrote about these adventures and struggles in my journal, a habitual practice I’ve been doing since a very young age. My eyes widened with the irony when I eventually realized that my calling had been right in front of me all along!

I continued to follow my passion for the arts by teaching myself yet another skill: bookbinding. Since 2005, I have continued to advance my abilities in this ages-old craft, and, to my utter delight, I have found that all this time "failing" with other media has actually enriched my life both as an artist and as a human being. The skills and knowledge I had accrued during all that experimentation continues to render me to be a multi-faceted creative.

Presently, I am fueled to create journals with the thought that fascination of things drives us all; that journals are our bona fide tag-alongs on this expedition of life; and that my role as a bookbinder is germane due to our inherent, instinctual story-telling tendencies as humans.

It is my absolute pleasure and persistence to make beautiful, functional, heirloom-quality journals for those who desire to fashion a hard copy of their life experiences, further threading their essence into the eternal fabric of existence in the space-time continuum.

Artist Statement: I use a bounty of techniques in bookbinding, leather-working, metal-smithing and metal-etching, and I combine these efforts to create functional journals and heirloom-quality keepsakes to inspire, encourage and enliven the inherent creative tendencies that exist within us all.
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