Pantone Postcard Project in London

June 15, 2015toJuly 3, 2015

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The postcards will be in London at the St Bride Foundation from June 15 to July 3, 2015. More information at Designer Bookbinders

U of FL Residency

June 29, 2015toAugust 7, 2015

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Artist Emily Martin chosen for the inaugural Coffey Residency in Book Arts

Book artist Emily Martin has been selected as the visiting artist for the Coffey Residency in Book Arts at the George A. Smathers Libraries. Martin is a faculty member of the University of Iowa Center of the Book and has produced over 35 artists books under her imprint, Naughty Dog Press. Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally, including MOCA Chicago, The Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Library of Congress. Her most recent publication is Desdemona In Her Own Words.

The Coffey Residency is a newly established opportunity for a selected artist to access the Special and Area Studies Collections (SASC) at University of Florida Smathers Libraries as the impetus for the creation of a letterpress printed, editioned artists’ book. Each year, a topic of interdisciplinary research will be selected by curators of the SASC. For the inaugural year, the theme of the artist’s book will be inspired by the university’s unique and abundant Florida Citrus Label Collection. During the six-week summer residency, the artist will interact with librarians, curators, faculty and students across the university. Production of the project will involve conference, consultation and technical assistance from Ellen Knudson, Associate in Book Arts. The project will be produced using the letterpress and book arts facilities and equipment in the University of Florida School of Art & Art History. The residency takes place from June 29 – August 7, 2015.

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St Bride’s Foundation Talk, London

May 27, 2015
7:30 pmto8:30 pm


I will be giving a talk entitled: A Finger In Many Pies: The Pantone Postcard Project, the Guild of Book Workers, the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the Naughty Dog Press at the St Bride’s Foundation in London on May 27 at 7:30pm.

Sally Blakemore visits the studio

April 6, 2015toApril 9, 2015

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Sally Blakemore, artist and paper engineer is visiting the press and the University of Iowa Center for the Book this week. She is working on a new project inspired by her travels in China.

Codex V Book Fair

February 8, 2015toFebruary 11, 2015

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I will be presenting new work at The Codex Foundation Book Fair in Richmond, CA, USA. You will find me at table #108. The Pantone Postcard Project will also be on display during the run of the Book Fair. More images of the new book Desdemona In Her Own Words are now posted on the BOOKS page.

UICB Open House

December 12, 2014
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

image002 Join us at the University of Iowa Center for the Book Open House, class work will be on display and the MFA Thesis show, demonstrations, refreshments and the Ladies (and gents) of the Typographic Union annual calendar will be on sale too. The renovations of the Center area are complete and it is looking very posh these days.

Ground floor of North Hall, at the north end of Madison street, Iowa City, IA 52242 USA. Convenient parking in the ramp next door.

UI Conservation 30th Anniversary Auction

November 13, 2014
5:00 pmto8:00 pm


I am delighted to participate in the fund raising auction part of the University of Iowa Conservation department’s 30th anniversary celebration. Pam Spitzmueller, Gary Frost, Anna Embree, Caitlin Moore, Mark Esser, Bill Minter, Larry Yerkes, Penny McKean and I all did bindings of the Bill Anthony catalog of bindings and Shanna Leino made a beautiful set of tools to be auctioned Thursday. Email bidding is encouraged at

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GBW Presentation

October 9, 2014toOctober 11, 2014

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Las Vegas, NY:

I will be giving a presentation on the making of carousel books and specifically my book The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet which has been on exhibit in the Designer Bookbinders International exhibit traveling in Europe and Japan. Standards of Excellence Seminar

Practice Session in Iowa City

September 26, 2014
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

In preparation for my demonstration at Standards, I will be doing a dress-rehearsal in Iowa City, room 221 North Hall.

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I will be giving a presentation on the making of carousel books and specifically my book The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet which has been on exhibit in the Designer Bookbinders International exhibit traveling in Europe and Japan. The GBW Standards will be held in Las Vegas, NV this year.  Standards of Excellence Seminar

Print/Bind Workshop in UK

May 20, 2015toMay 22, 2015



The first days of the workshop will be spent making various prints using techniques easily replicated at home (no need for presses). These include trace mono-prints, gelatin prints, pouchoir, rubber stamps, and suminagashi.  Each technique uses minimal materials and can be used in combination with more complex imagery. The prints will then be used to make a drum-leaf binding, developed originally by Timothy Ely. The book is not sewn and uses minimal glue. Single folios make up the text block eliminating the need to register images across the gutter. This binding is perfect for the display of artwork that requires a full spread without a break. The pages open flat and it can have either soft or hard covers. Many binders in the USA use the Drum Leaf binding and Emily will be teaching it here in the UK for the first time.

Emily will be speaking at St Bride Foundation in London a few days after her workshop about her own work and also about the Guild of Bookworkers in the US, of which she is the chairperson of the Midwest Chapter. St Bride is also holding an exhibition of her Pantone Postcard Project opening on the 15th of June, 2015.

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