Friday, April 2, 2021

2021 Members' Showcase: Anna Embree

 This week for the 2021 Members' Showcase we feature Anna Embree.

Anna Embree

Anna Embree is a Professor for the MFA Book Arts Program in the School of Library Science and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. She teaches courses and workshops in bookbinding, box making, and special topics in book preservation and book history. Anna has a strong interest in the physical and material aspects of book structures. She has collaborated with printers and papermakers on limited edition handmade books, and has exhibited widely.

Anna's book work focuses on composition and form. When designing a single book or an edition, Anna works to unify content, structure, and materials. The goal is to create a visually engaging work that facilitates interaction with the content through purposeful mechanical and operational design choices.

James Hervey. Meditations and Contemplations. London, 1816.

Millimeter-style case binding. Indigo dyed salmon parchment caps, corners (parchment
tips), and central panel. Leather endbands, dyed handmade paper, and walleye
parchment onlay.
Dimensions: 3 x 5 x 1.25”

“Into the Night,” 2019

Artist Book. Pierced paper case-binding. Artist’s indigo dyed handmade paper textblock. Case
covered in handmade paper.
Dimensions: 5-1/8” x 7-7/8” x 1/2”

Ephemera, 2019

Built-in groove case binding with blue Harmatan goatskin leather and Cave Paper handmade paper covers. Text block sewn using an unsupported two-hole link stitch. Hand-sewn silk endbands. (Detail image below)