creating beautiful journals and books


collage by karinMy name is Marama and I am an artist, bookmaker and educator.

I was born in New Zealand and worked as a journalist and publicist in the arts before moving to the South Coast of New South Wales over 30 years ago to live in a tree house in the forest. After a year, the tree house burned down in a forest fire and I moved into an old cottage in town.

I love playing with words, images and paper and I especially enjoy making books and running workshops on book arts and journalling for all ages. My intention is to live a simple and creative life. In this blog I plan to share some of the things I have learned as an artist, writer, gardener and teacher living close to the earth in a small rural community.

My work has been published and exhibited around Australia, in New Zealand, North America and Japan and is included in anthologies and collections (such as online at Regenerator 2 Altered Book Project which was initiated by Sarah Bodman at the University of West England).

Over 70 of my artist’s books are in the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Library in Wellington, New Zealand. My  books are also in collections at the Australian National Library, the Australian National Gallery, The University of Rochester NY, the State Library of Queensland (with Feral Artists) and Wollongong University.

In March 2017 The National Library of Australia purchased my flower-fold book titled ‘Blossom turns to Fruit’ from the CodeX exhibition at CraftACT and the Manly Artists’ Book Award 2017 chose another book in that series ‘Fruit turns to Seed’ for their collection.

I have co-ordinated a number of writing and book arts projects including The Ulladulla Book Project, funded by an Australia Council Literature Board grant and continue to work as a freelance writer, editor and publisher. My Finding Content workshop, which I ran in Auckland  in conjunction with the ABC International Book Arts Conference and also for the Papermakers of Victoria is very popular and I continue to run workshops in Australia and New Zealand.

I am the author of Wild Garden, Adventures of Pai Korri (illustrated by legendary Australian printmaker Joyce Allen) and designer and editor of many limited edition and artist’s books. I am a member of the NSW South Coast Writers’ Centre, The Milton Writers’ Studio, The Canberra Craft Book Binders, The Canadian Bookbinders and Artists Guild, The Print Council of Australia and the NZ Association of Book Crafts.





13 comments on “Welcome

  1. Sharon Armstead
    May 30, 2012

    wonderful to see. Look forward to more….

  2. Moo Dath
    May 31, 2012

    Love the blog Marama! So colourful and concise.

  3. leoniej
    June 1, 2012

    I’ve always loved your work Marama. x

  4. Karen Tarlington
    June 1, 2012

    such beautiful, creative work.

  5. Michelle McBride
    June 2, 2012

    I love this Blog!! Congratulations Marama! You are amazing and we love you! X

  6. judi
    June 2, 2012

    ohh, very special Miss M. Thank you for the ‘eye candy’ and so inspirational.

  7. Charlotte Kimberlee
    June 19, 2012

    Your blog looks great, Marama.

  8. Colleen Duncan
    July 1, 2012

    Beautiful blog, Marama. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful talents

  9. Janet Williams
    July 26, 2012

    I would love to see your exhibitions one day. Please come to England again!

  10. Michelle Moulos
    August 6, 2012

    This is beautiful, Marama. Your work is integrated and clear. Lovely to see it.

  11. Kate Hazell
    February 23, 2013

    So near but….this is my first look into your blog, wonderful. I can feel your creative warmth from here. Thank you for your colours and energy.

  12. Greta Michelsen
    July 5, 2014

    Hi Marama, Thanks for today’s print workshop. Was fast and furious but totally inspiring. Look forward to more. Cheers, Greta

  13. Jim Trainer
    August 23, 2016

    A friend and penpal just sent me one of your wonderful cards. Would you mind if I used a photo of the image and text in one of my posts? I’ll give you full credit of course. Great work!

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