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Melissa Oesch

Melissa Oesch

Melissa Oesch

Lexington, Ky.

Professional Artist

Business and Finance for Artists, Marketing and Promotion for Artists

I am an eco-friendly Kentucky artist and the owner/designer of Re-Imagined by Luna, which offers handcrafted, one-of-a-kind journals, sketchbooks and other unique creations from upcycled materials. I grew up on a wooded farm in Eastern Kentucky, spending half of my time playing among the trees and the other half devouring books and filling up journals. I have loved writing in beautiful books since I was young and that grew steadily along with my love for nature, ancient spirituality, and an awareness that writing and creativity can be healing. This is what initially prompted my discovery of bookbinding. I was taught Coptic binding by another student while earning my Bachelor of Art in English, and my adventure in bookmaking began. I have been creating books since 2005 and deeply appreciate the meditative quality it offers. I have a love for textures and beautiful and whimsical creations, while making very functional and durable pieces. I enjoy the challenge of re-imagining my materials by incorporating reclaimed and recycled textiles. I have been doing this full-time since June 2010 and am a member of Kentucky Crafted and of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.