Emily Martin earned a MFA degree in painting, from the University of Iowa in 1979, having previously earned a BFA and MA in drawing and painting, respectively. She started the Naughty Dog Press in 1996 to produce her own limited editions of primarily sculptural and movable artist’s books. Martin joined the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 1998, to teach a variety of classes exploring artists’ books, including Movable & Sculptural Books, Paper Engineering & Pop Up Books and Artists Books. During her career she has produced over 35 limited edition artist’s books using a variety of production techniques including letterpress printing, intaglio printing, silkscreen printing, inkjet printing and photocopies. Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally. See the collections page for the full list. Martin is very interested in the intersection of the book as an art form with the traditional craft of bookbinding.
The Naughty Dog was a Jack Russell terrier named Gomez. He was Emily Martin’s first and so far only dog. He was both very smart and very badly trained, seemingly a disastrous combination but he was also very charming. Gomez was a loyal companion in the studio and is greatly missed to this day. All his life he had a fondness for accessories worn around his neck, scarves, Mardi Gras beads, even a candy necklace. In his last summer he favored a green boa, pictured here. Gomez died in 2006 at the age of 14 1/2.
To listen to an interview of Emily Martin by Steve Miller go to: Book Artists’ Podcasts and scroll down.