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Mapping the Arts in Easthampton, Southampton, & Westhampton

Kyla Grunberg Allon

Tree Song Books: Handmade Blank Journals

I have loved both writing and drawing for as long as I can remember. One of the most important things for me has been to find the best vessel suited to carry my work. I became intrigued with books arts for this reason. By making blank books that inspire me to fill their pages with poetry and drawings, I hope that my books will also inspire others to express themselves.

I grew up in Eastern, Massachusetts, with my loving and unique family. My fondest memories are of my mother spreading out art supplies on our kitchen floor and the two of us spending the entire day creating masterpieces. In college, I went on to study art and writing, while working on farms in the summer. My love of the arts is only rivaled by my love of farming. Watching plants grow from seeds to food is the main inspiration for the images on my journals. I now work as a bookbinder in Easthampton, MA, during the winter, while working on a farm in Conway, MA, during the spring, summer and fall.

My career highlight has been the Cottage Street Open Studio sale this past December. I loved talking to people who were inspired to write and draw in my journals. I love to think about the books I have put out in the world, and the work that their owners are filling them with.