Kumi Korf (b. Tokyo, Japan) is an artist whose work is focussed in printmaking and the art of the book. She studied architecture at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and holds an MFA from Cornell University in print-making. Her earliest artists’ books were exhibited at Center for Book Arts and the Metropolitan Museum in 1986. In 1987 she was an apprentice at Dieu Donné Papermill where she developed her own technique to create works using kozo fiber with inclusions of printed paper, cloth, threads, and pigmented linen pulp. Her recent artists’ bookworks include intaglio prints, letterpress, and structural inventions for bookbinding.
Korf has taught workshops on artists’ books at many institutions including Center for the Book Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Women’s Studio Workshop, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, as well as at many colleges and universities. She had a fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and her works are included in many public and private collections, nationally, and internationally, including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Library, and Getty Center Research Library.