Hedi Kyle

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hedi Kyle, April Diary, 1979

This is the original work of the form that has become known as the “Flag Book.” It is the single most influential structure in the world of contemporary bookmaking. This method of construction, employing tipped on page fragments on alternating sides of a concertina structure, has been adopted by artists worldwide for the creation of unique and multiple bookworks. 26 x 14 x 1 centimeters. Created 1979. Lent by Richard Minsky.

Hedi Kyle graduated from the Werk-Kunst Schule in Wiesbaden, Germany, and after a brief career as a graphic designer, turned to book arts and book conservation. She recently retired as Head Conservator at the American Philosophical Society, and continues teaching as Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she teaches book structures to MFA students of the Graduate Program in Book Arts and Printmaking. Equally at home in the fields of conservation and the book arts, these fields have greatly influenced her work and cross fertilized each other. Her one-of-a-kind constructions have been exhibited internationally, and are in private and public collections. She is co-founder of Paper and Book Intensive (PBI), and has been highly sought as a workshop instructor in the USA, Canada, and Switzerland for the past twenty years.