Daniel E. Kelm

Easthampton, Massachusetts

Greta Sibley, Tea: Time in Korea, 1994

Wire-edge binding with embossed boards; title label printed and inset. The text is accompanied by seven sepiatoned photographs taken by the author at Sonam Temple, South Cholla Province, South Korea. The book was designed and composed by the author using a Macintosh computer and printed letterpress from photoetched plates by Arthur Larson, Horton Tank Graphics, in Hadley, Massachusetts in an edition of twenty-five with one artist’s proof. 20.5 x 20.5 x 2.5 centimeters. Created 1994.


Daniel E. Kelm was born in 1951, and formally trained as a chemist at the University of Minnesota during the late 1960s and early seventies, Daniel Kelm held teaching and research positions at that institution. The social re-evaluation current to the time, however, finally prompted him to leave academics, the realm of the mind, in favor of the arts and crafts some twenty years ago. It marked the beginning of his involvement with books that took him through employment in four production studios where he learned progressively more specialized traditional bookbinding techniques. In 1983, he opened his own studio, now called The Wide Awake Garage, where he designs and produces artistís books and interpretive fine bindings that combine traditional and new materials in innovative book and box structures. In 1990 he founded the Garage Annex School that offers workshops of all levels in bookbinding and the book arts taught by recognized masters of the field. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in collections such as the Houghton Library, Harvard University; the New York Public Library; Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University; the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas; the Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Library of Congress. Website at www.garageannexschool.com.