Dare to Reimagine Books

Julia Leonard


Associate Professor, UI Center for the Book

College(s): Graduate College

For Julia Leonard, the book in its entirety, both content and physical form, is a subject for historical research and a form in which to make art. The materials used to make a book, the look of the type on the page, illustrations, charts and graphs, the texture of paper, the shape and the weight, the subject matter, all contribute to its meaning. Leonard has practiced the art of bookmaking for 28 years and developed a deep appreciation for the book as a form for artistic expression and its role in contemporary society. Her work often uses old reference or text books to create new stories housed in new structures.

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