Carol Brook learned to sew at an early age out of necessity by first creating doll clothes and then designing clothes for herself in high school based on photos she saw in magazines, since she couldn't find ready-made clothes or patterns matching the latest styles in the Nebraska small town where she lived. Carol received a lot of satisfaction of being able to create anything she saw or imagined.
She has always had an interest in art; taking art classes in high school and college but it was not a primary focus and was put on hold during her career in the hospitality industry. She used her creativity often in personal and business projects during her career and volunteering to assist with art enrichment events in her son's classes when he was in grade school.
Her inspiration comes from a fortune cookie message she received just before her retirement in 2019. "A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not why ships are built." Carol knew her retirement would allow her to devote more time to the fun side of life and that's when she started working with leather and fiber arts. Carol remembered back to her high school days of designing clothes, that it isn't just about the end result, it's about the journey to the end.
Carol works with a variety of leathers and fiber for designing her products but her passion is sculpted free-form leather vessels. The sculpted free-form leather vessels Carol makes are made from vegetable-tanned leather and are truly a one-of-a-kind creation. This leather has the longevity and beauty only an artisan-created product can sustain. The original fibers of the animals hide add to its character making each piece unique along with her addition of dyes, stains and paints.