Meet the Artist Lisa Engstrom-Baumgartner

Meet Exhibiting Artist **Lisa Engstrom-Baumgartner **

My interest in bookbinding began in the fall of 2012, after taking a 1-day workshop in bookbinding, on a beautiful farm in central Pennsylvania. I was amazed at the precise and magical process of turning paper, thread, book board and glue into a lovely and sturdy little book. I was immediately, and completely hooked. I continued to explore on my own, through much trial and error, the craft of book construction.

Six months later, we moved from Pennsylvania to Cambridge, England. It was there that I had the opportunity to take classes, and then work (open studio) at a traditional bindery– Brignell Bookbinders. While still in England I took more courses— some in book binding and others in box making.

Moving back to Pennsylvania, I set up my own small-scale book bindery. In my workspace, I have gathered together many of the tools and materials of the book binding trade: book presses, marbled papers from the UK and Turkey, origami papers from Japan, decorative papers from India and Thailand… book cloth from Italy… waxed linen threads in a rainbow of colors…leather from Scotland and the U.S.

The binding methods I use combine traditional construction techniques, with modern adaptations. It is a rewarding fusion of the old and new— but always with an eye to a well crafted, and visually pleasing book.

The joy of ‘designer’ (art) book binding is that one has a rich historical and traditional past from which to learn and draw, while having the freedom to move forward into exciting new areas of discovery.

Photography Gallery/Art Library - 2nd Floor

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sep 10
Sep 10