“Sharing and preserving life stories uplifts the spirit, deepens self-knowledge, strengthens family ties, and builds bridges across generations.”

Welcome

Family Heirloom Arts is dedicated to helping you and your family celebrate life stories and significant life milestones through the creation of illustrated heirloom books and custom art.

We work with you to record your stories, turn them into polished written narratives, and illustrate your stories with personal photographs and custom illustrations. Have a project in mind? Get in touch – we’d love to hear all about it and see how we can help.

Family Heirloom Arts also offers life storytelling presentations, workshops and retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest. Join us for an upcoming program so you can learn how to get started on your own personal storytelling project.

Check out this video to learn more about Family Heirloom Arts services and programs. Meet Family Heirloom Arts founder Lisa Kagan as she shares her passion for helping families celebrate and preserve their life stories.

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It is amazing to see all of the pieces come together in one place. You helped turn our collection of photographs and stories into a real storybook, weaving all of our lives together. It is so well written and beautifully illustrated. Decade by decade, my children can see where they come from and how the generations before them lived.

– Julie Leuvrey
Heirloom Book Client

Come create with us at one of our upcoming hands-on art and writing workshops or retreats. As a group we will delve into the process of exploring personal storytelling through art and story.

Learn techniques for creating narrative images, bring your story to life through the written word, and get started on your own illustrated heirloom book.

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Infuse your inbox with creative inspiration! Our monthly email newsletter features tips to help you get started on your own personal history project, art and poetry exploring topics central to the life storytelling process, and updates on our upcoming workshops and retreats.

A Prayer for the World

I sit in my studio and watch the rain, quietly, I cut and paste…creating a prayer for the world. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

Making Something Out of Nothing

The process of writing, creating art, or cooking a delicious meal are a type of magic, their own unique process of alchemy. We all have the ability to use our resourcefulness, ingenuity, and creative vision to bring into form something that did not exist before…

Stories Are Great Company to Keep, Ideas for Your Life Storytelling Projects During this Time

Reflections on making more out of less, not giving up in the face of uncertainty, becoming the best part of yourself when facing the greatest odds, and showing up when the world needs you most…