medium: mixed media
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There is something about a box. Who can ignore the temptation to lift a corner and peek inside? A box is a simple structure, yet deceptively intriguing--a container harboring a secret space that seems both forbidden and surprising. Everyone loves to have boxes to house their treasures. Each box is unique and hand-crafted out of binder's board, quality paper or cloth, and embellished with clay, wire, copper or other materials. Most text is letter pressed in the old-world tradition.
I am a librarian by degree, a bookbinder by training and an artist by desire. In graduate school, I specialized in the history of paper and its preservation, and a professor offered me a two-year apprenticeship in rare-book restoration. I learned to work with hand tools using old-world methods. After the apprenticeship, I started my own business called Bible and Book Repair in my hometown. Once a book is restored, one option is constructing a drop-spine box to hold and protect it. I moved from bookbinder to artist when a friend asked me to make thirteen boxes to house chambered nautiluses as invitations for her friend's fiftieth birthday party. This was a watershed event because it prompted me to move from high-level craftswomanship to artistic creation. Although I still repair and bind books, creating and embellishing the hand constructed boxes has released pent-up artistic energies.