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We head to Bellevue in Washington today to meet long-time member, Essex Debs and take a look at her new craft room.


Featured Member Interview

How did you find CO+K and why did you join?

The site was recommended by Martha and Esme after I’d visited their home. Martha had just received a swap from Ale C in the summer of 2009.

The back story - I had moved to the US in Aug 2008 from Oxfordshire UK and was looking for a way to connect with people.

My professional background is as a pediatric nurse but I am not able to work currently in the US. I’m a volunteer guide (docent) at Bellevue Arts Museum .Swapping on CO+K gives me a place to share and be inspired.

What projects are you currently working on?


Books- just been asked to host a series of Altered book workshops

Vertical things

Strip quilts and some swaps.

I’m also trying to work on the business side of living a creative life for when that can become a reality. I also have a blog which I need to rework and write more often


August 10, 2009
Bellevue, Washington, United States
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What does your craft space look like?

We moved into our permanent house in June after renting for 4 years
I now have an amazing space which is still evolving.

Which tool or craft supply do you use the most?

Heat gun and Gel Matte Medium

What do you craft along to?

Music always - The Mountain 103.7FM is on all morning 9-12 then Pandora gets switched on for the rest of the day.

Favorite Craft

I just love being able to create. I like making things with layers and meaning sometimes this can be a group of supplies that become a book. Often these are emotions that become creatures.

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If you could learn one new craft or make anything, what would it be?

Mandy Greer’s cowl making class would be amazing.

To make- I would really like to take the “Up” installation and make a public art piece that explores children’s rights- just need to write the “How to“ for that one.

Who are your crafting heroes?

Mandy Greer, Casey Curran (got me into altered books)