Barbara Mauriello is a book artist with a bookbinding studio in Hoboken, NJ, who makes artist books, and co-proprietor of Granden Press, a collaborative press for work that she produces with printer Barbara Henry. Some of their recent projects include ObjectsStein, a book of linoleum prints inspired by Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons”, bound into an accordion structure and housed in a folding box with a button closure; and PointPlane Solid, a letterpress-printed meditation on Euclid in which type, design, book structure (palm leaf format), and an occasional pop-up honor Euclid’s geometry.
Barbara earned an MFA in Painting, but when she begun studying bookbinding to create a structure for her paintings, she fell in love with the form and began an apprenticeship at the Center, where she still teaches. Since then, she’s created thousands of books and boxes by hand, for her own projects and for her clients, mostly artists and poets, who hire her to create an individual book or a small edition of up to a few hundred copies.
Projects that she has worked on include a series of painted books made with the painter Max Gimblett and the poet John Yau; bound editions of the work of William Kentridge; and an edition of artist books by Michele Oka Doner.
Barbara is the author of Making Memory Boxes, a featured artist/author in The Penland Book of Homemade Books, and a featured artist in Masters: Book Arts. She has been teaching bookbinding for over 20 years and is also a visiting instructor at the International Center of Photography, the Newark Museum, the Paper and Book Intensive and the Penland School of Crafts. Here at the Center, she will be teaching Tacket Bindings: 2 Books in a Box this weekend, and a box workshop A World of Boxes the week of May 5-9.
For more information and to see further examples of her beautiful work, visit Barbara’s website.