Penny Arrowood

I am a mixed media and book artist from eastern North Carolina.  My work, often featuring letterforms and text as design elements, is a visual representation of a lifelong love of reading and word-play.  My art has been featured online and in print, most recently appearing in Making Art from Maps by Jill K. Berry (2016, Rockport Publishers).  Teaching is a special joy for me.  As a proud member (and former President) of the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild, I enjoy being able to give back to the community at large by working with the children’s art programming and creative outreach for the Guild.   

My motto: “Have paper, will travel!” For the past 5 years, I have been teaching bookmaking and mixed media methodology regionally and nationally.  In 2017, that has included working with:  primary/middle school children at The Chavis Community Center and teens at The Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh, NC; a return to the International Paper Doll Convention (this year in Philadelphia, PA); and the introduction of private workshops/events.  I particularly enjoy designing unique creative experiences for small groups and enriching events for people of all ages and artistic abilities.   

When not creating or aiding others in their creative pursuits, I am most likely on the water. I began kayaking last summer, and it was love at first paddle!  I am also quite fond of walking, hiking, and observing the beauties of nature.  I actively seek new ways to collaborate with individuals and organizations to use art as a means to celebrate, document, and reflect this wild ride we call Life.  You can find me on the Internet at:  ART PAPER LOVE.

I will be teaching different ways to "banish the blank page," and will lead Creative Explorers in a variety of hand made book techniques--perfect for capturing memories of their time at Your Creative Connection events.