Emily Martin

emily martin joyfully flipping through an in-progress artist's book


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. In 2018, Martin decided to continue issuing her books using her name only. She 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 Martin has produced over 70 limited edition artist’s books using a variety of production techniques including letterpress printing, intaglio printing, silkscreen printing, inkjet printing and photocopies. She is very interested in the intersection of the book as an art form with the traditional craft of bookbinding. Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally. The University of Iowa Main Library Special Collections has the most extensive holdings of all her editions and many one-of-a-kind books. Martin’s archive is held in the UI Special Collections.

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