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Marcia McDade
Marcia McDade has been a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild for 30 years and has resided in the...


Candler, NC

Erin Keane

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Erin Keane Studio

Media: Paper



Erin Keane is an encaustic artist and bookbinder who cannot resist luscious beeswax and luscious bindings.  Her handbound journals showcase original encaustic artwork on the covers, distinctive sewing along the spine, and hand-torn paper on the inside (awaiting your creative meanderings).

“The artist in me craves to explore new techniques, structures, and ideas.  This curiosity and drive for originality led me to combine my two obsessions, encaustic and bookbinding, which I had not seen combined before in this manner.  The resulting books are individual works of art and conversation pieces, yet they are completely functional as blank journals.


I have an affinity towards nature and patterns and I often construct intuitive abstract landscapes.  I aim to convey a feeling of hushing and holding, of peace and tranquility, and of awe with our surrounding beauty.”


Erin studied art at Miami University in Ohio where she graduated with an M.A. in Art Education.  She moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains after college and taught art at Brevard Middle School for twelve years.  She is now a full-time artist and teaches classes in encaustic, bookbinding, and visual journaling.