Philadelphia: Joseph Allen, 1855, 2016. Hardcover. Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays that intertwine history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Karen was the winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, she has studied with many notable fine binders. She exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Her masterful bindings wed the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. She writes about this work: "This binding was created for an exhibit in Charleston, SC. As a Midwesterner unfamiliar with the area, I inquired about local icons and incorporated several: an antiquarian text block on the local Revolutionary War hero “The Swamp Fox” decorated with South Carolina’s palmetto motif, on a background of the once ubiquitous “Charleston green.” The resulting production is this masterfully constructed and executed unique designer book binding that perfectly befits the text. Bound in full green goatskin with back pared onlays in several shades of green, tooling and hand-titling in blind along bottom edges of the boards. With three-color hand-sewn endbands and three edges sprinkled in three colors of acrylic. Marbled endpapers by Pamela Smith. Measures 7.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches. Housed in green cloth clamshell box with green leather spine label. In fine condition. 252 pages. FINEBINDING/080618. Fine.
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