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Priscilla Spitler, Hands On Bookbinding
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Keeping Time

Full leather, laced-on boards binding covered in burgundy Harmatan goatskin. Design executed through a variety of decorative techniques including traditional leather onlay and gold tooling, back-pared leather onlays, inlaid leather lines, and stamped cut foil work. A personal tale of keeping memory and history through a visual timeline, the text is toned St. Armand Paper printed on an HP 1500 ink-jet printer. Illustrations of collaged imagery. Pochoir decorated endpapers, sewn endbands. 9 x 8.75 x 0.75 inches, 23 x 22 x 2 centimeters. Created 2009.

Born 1954 in Columbus, Ohio, Priscilla received her BFA in printmaking from the California College of Arts & Crafts in 1975. She studied bookbinding at the London College of Printing (1980-81) and in 1987 attended a master class in fine binding with James Brockman at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. She was binder at the Palace Press, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, from 1982 to 1986 and an edition binder at BookLab, Inc. in Austin, Texas from 1987 to 1995, when she established her own Hands On Bookbinding studio. In 2007, after twenty productive years in Texas, Priscilla and her husband moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she is actively binding in her new studio. Website at