My name is Joanna. 

I am an artist, historian, preservationist, writer; who grew up in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.  About ten years ago I moved to Chicago to follow a dream and found my life. And while I will always be a mountain girl in my bones, I am a Midwest girl in my heart. I now live in a rural community in far northern Illinois; my mountains exchanged for endless skies I have gown in love with this land and my journey through it.

Thank you for joining me. 

Here is a little bit of me that you may discover here...

a maker...an artist; craftswoman; scavenger, I love the hunt and the find; a writer, a designer of words; a mess maker and a re-maker

a historian...I love history and my work in art and craft is informed by it

a genealogist...I believe our lives are informed by where and who we came from, whether we knew them or not 

a closet academic...whereby I am (the only) expert on the history and development of Interstate Safety Rest areas, you can find that story here

a lover of nature...I am a Midwest transplant who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, I miss the wilds of the mountains, the profound beauty of the Oregon coast and air so crisp you feel it as an embrace; but I have found beauty in the fields and plains of this new land, the dramatic changing of seasons that patterns our life, and the endless and enveloping horizon

a mother and wife...I am proud and humbled to be both

With gratitude,