Karen Viola

Karen Viola, wears a purple top, smiles at you
Artists book with blue paper and red netting
Tree-shaped book with trunk and leaves
three-dimensional artists' book with mountain-shaped pop-up


Karen Viola works and resides on the ancestral lands of the Munsee Lenape in White Plains, New York. She earned her BFA at Parsons School of Design, has a wide range of professional experience in the children’s book publishing industry, and now runs her own freelance art and design business and micro-publishing shop, Climbing Tree Press. Her work often finds expression in unique, sculptural book forms using a combination of digital and traditional techniques, paper, hand-dyed textiles, and fused plastic packaging. She strives to offer visceral, hands-on experiences in an effort to nurture curiosity and critical thinking in these challenging times. 


  • Artist Books
  • Bookbinding
  • Editions & Multiples
  • Papermaking
  • Printmaking
  • Publishing
  • Sculptural Books
  • Zine making
  • Design
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Fibers
  • Interdisciplinary/Hybrid,
  • Literary/Writing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Illustration

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