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My interest in book arts began as a bookbinding apprentice. I was captivated by exposed bindings, the effort of ‘keeping it together’ assuming a position equal in beauty, in strength, in voice, to structure and content. Working in both traditional and non-traditional book forms, I explore the way in which materials, structure, surface design techniques, bindings, and text communicate and add nuance to content.
My attraction to mixing media has led me to sculptural artist books, which often look nothing like a traditional book but maintains the temporal, sequential characteristics of a traditional book. It has also led me to creating mezzuzot, covered scrolls, one of the oldest historical book forms which traditionally hang on the doorpost of Jewish homes. Books not meant to be opened.
This funky niche of book arts in the wider art world requires a unique engagement. Working within this form, I often surprise myself by discovering new understandings of the world around us. Better yet, I am left with more to discover …..