Julie Leonard, Associate Professor at the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book, will give the keynote presentation at this year’s LoLP event. She is an inspiration as an artist and a teacher, and we are so thrilled to have her join us and to share with us her journey with book art and printing.
While in design school I discovered book making and moved to Penland School of Craft in North Carolina to study the craft of bookbinding as well as its sister arts; papermaking and printing. As a resident artist there I was able build my studio and begin to market my work. Years of living in a small cabin on 100 wooded acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains was an amazing immersion into making and the deep satisfaction that can come from making objects that move into people’s lives and give them a sense of the hand; an object of beauty that engages with our daily lives – like the perfect mug that we reach for every morning because of the way it fits in the hand.
In 1997 I came to Iowa to enroll in the newly created Graduate Certificate Program at the UI Center for the Book. I was able to learn from several truly talented binders and conservators; Pam Spitzmueller, Gary Frost, and Larry Yerkes. I also enrolled in the School of Art and Art History in the Design area. I gained an MFA in Studio Art and a Graduate Certificate from the Center in 2001. I stayed on and have been teaching for the Center since 2001.
Fritz Klinke: The Vandercook
Brad DiCharry: The History of C&Ps
Also, a special screening of Linotype: The Film