Suzi Banks Baum is a visual and literary artist, who lives, teaches, gardens, and travels in and from the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. She grew up the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and started making small books as a kid. But it wasn’t until she took a book arts class at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires that Suzi began to feel the importance of book, the concept of book, the way that we grow up with books as icon, guide, tool, and dream provider. Suzi has been making and teaching since then. Her work has been influenced by many teachers, most notably Paulus Berensohn of Penland School of Crafts. In 2016 Suzi birthed New Illuminations, a project in Gyumri, Armenia that seeks to wed ancient book making practices with contemporary literary explorations in order to give form and voice to Armenian women artists. You can read about New Illuminations in Sarah Bodman’s Book Arts Newsletter here or in this article on Asbarez. You can see more about Suzi’s work on her website.
Suzi is very interested in learning the Armenian style of book binding. If any readers here know of teachers in the United States, please contact her through her website. You can use this form.