Hi, I’m Corey Marie!
I’m a nerdy, music-obsessed illustrator, artist + web/print designer from Lansing, Michigan. I also write in a blog sometimes.
I’m a creative overachiever who has made art and making things the focus of my daily life since 1999 when I started self-publishing comics. I’ve dyed my hair blue for almost as long. I now work out of my home studio: a small apartment in downtown Lansing that I share with my boyfriend, my son (whom I affectionately refer to as “the Thunder Lizard”) and two cats.
I am the artist/maker behind PAPERCUTS handmade. (est. 2007) I make one-of-a-kind Recycled Art Journals from rescued vintage books, as well as screen-printed notebooks, mosaic picture frames, recycled magnets and other unique gifts! I sell my work online and at art shows, pop-up markets, zine fairs and comic book conventions.
Not only do I love making Art Journals, but I believe in Art Journaling as a movement, as a rebellion, and especially as an important part of self-care. I have used Art Journals as a part of my own growth/development as an artist,, and again with my recovery and healing process, after a toxic relationship and divorce. I believe in Art Journaling because I’ve seen it change my own life. I’m passionate about it!
I’m a Libra and find myself in constant pursuit of information, beauty and fairness. I love to read, both novels and non-fiction, especially in the bath tub; I typically spend at least an hour a day on Wikipedia. (Not in the bath tub, though.) I like solving puzzles. I’m obsessed with color and coincidence. I spend a lot of time thinking about time travel. I thrive on patterns and formulas. I’m optimistic yet cynical..
I can’t resist photo booths.
I love comic books. I mean to say that I love super heroes and I also love sequential art and storytelling.. I like art museums and good design, sit-coms and old cartoons. I can spend hours at thrift stores and libraries. I’m a bit awkward and introverted, but not anti-social. I enjoy listening to records, baking shortbread cookies and dancing at punk shows. I keep busy and sleep late. I tend to love to drink a little too much wine and talk a bit too loudly. .I love cooking and eating good food. I throw a hell of a party.
I grew up in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and moved to the West Coast in my early twenties. After living in San Diego, California and Richmond Virginia, I happily moved home a few years ago, and remain smitten with the Mitten. #lovelansing
I live for road trips and was fortunate enough to see quite a bit of the country while traveling before my son was born. I look forward to traveling again. I have a plastic shark named Bruce who has resided on the dashboard of my various vehicles and kept me safe for the last twelve or so years.
I have A.D.D. but wasn’t diagnosed until I was 25. Since then I’ve read all I can about how the brain works. Another turning point was reading Elaine N. Aron’s The Highly Sensitive Person, which finally gave me a scientific basis for understanding what I’d known my whole life: I’m a little different than most of my classmates and coworkers, and there are things that are no big deal for other people that are a Very Big Deal to me. Related: I hate talking the phone.
I played tuba in high school band and play bass guitar now. I spend a lot of time with the group of genius misfits known as GTG Records. I get to see a lot of cool bands and have a lot of fun promoting shows with them. I also make them flyers and posters, etc. and get paid in beer and laughs. I have a history of being one of those people who takes karaoke a little too seriously.
Last December, our family rescued a 1 year old cat from the Capital Area Humane Society. We named him Booji Boy (pronounced ‘Boogie”) and he is the best, lovable goofball cat friend I could ask for. *purr*