al pha bet

al pha bet, French door 4 needle link stitch, letterpress printed linoleum,, 4" x 10", 1998

Julia Leonard graduated with an MFA in design from the University of Iowa in 2001. She now operates a binding studio in Iowa City and teaches Bookbinding and Graphic Design at the University of Iowa. She works on her own one-of-a-kind and editioned artist's books, as well as commissions and limited production and edition binding. Her work has been shown nationally and has been acquired by private collectors and special collections libraries.

Julia had this to say about book arts: "Making use of the book as an artistic medium is possible partly because of what we (Westerners) bring to the book, our collective connection with it ... Experiencing a book is a tactile, intimate and private activity. It requires time, a slowing down and settling in. Books can act on us as an icon or reliquary does, evoking a spiritual reaction a contemplative psychic space. For me, books speak of the past, of what is gone or perhaps never was: a kind of slow beauty, longing and melancholy..."

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