|Title||Set of Seven Paper Case and Wrapper Models|
|Artist / Creator||Karen Hanmer|
|Place of Publication||Glenveiw, IL|
|Structure / Binding||Seven various paper cases and sewn-through wrappers in slipcase, mostly non-adhesive, mostly unsupported sewing: longstitch, web link stitch, chain link sttich, pamphlet stitch|
|Paper Stock||French Speckletone, Khadi, St. Armand, Murillo|
|Number of Pages||128 pages each|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.5 x 4.5 x 6.75 inches|
Making models has become an important part of my studio practice. It gives me a platform to examine specific engineering aspects of the book, or fill in the blanks in my education. My research and experimentation through the creation of models often becomes the foundation of a workshop. I began my exploration of paper cases and sewn-through wrappers when I realized I knew many artists' book structures based on the pamphlet and accordion fold, and I could make a fancy full leather binding, but I was not at all knowledgeable about all the possibilities that lay in between.
Artist BioKaren Hanmer's Chicago studio practice is unusually varied, including small editions of artists' books, larger editions of inexpensive multiples, installation, and one-of-a-kind design bindings. Her work fragments and layers text and image to weaves together themes of history, technology, personal and cultural memory and the American Midwestern landscape. The work often has a playful presentation, taking the form of puzzles, maps, games, or decks of cards. Many include text, often archival, usually first person accounts. Hanmer exhibits internationally, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. She is a leader in the book arts community, serving on the editorial boards of The Bonefolder and the Guild of Book Workers Journal and as frequent exhibition curator. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in basic binding skills.