Thursday, May 26, 2011

Julie Chen: Book Artist

Invented Landscape-closed
Invented Lanscape-ope

For those of us who didn't really know there was such a thing as a book artist, see what you've been missing.

Book Arts encompass binding, letterpress, printing and printmaking, combined with three-dimensional art. The finished products are unique three-dimensional pieces of art that include text.  Julie Chen’s books are considered exceptional for their craft and quality, while playfully teasing the conceptual limits of books. Always mindful of the reader who will interact with her structures, she selects paper to delight the eye and appeal to the touch, while creating forms that function as “vessels” for text, images, ideas and meaning. Despite the nontraditional forms it often occupies, the text in Chen’s creations is letterpress printed.

In addition to teaching Book Arts at Mills College and operating Flying Fish Press, Chen regularly lectures on bookmaking and teaches workshops nationwide. 

Julie Chen, Panorama, Sibila Savage photograph

Julie Chen, Ode to a Grand Staircase, in collaboration with Barbara Tetenbaum, Sibila Savag

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