Katy Baum – Collected Poetry of Dorothy Parker

© 2014
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 5 x 7.5 x .75

about this piece

About this piece:

This binding is inspired by the poetry of Dorothy Parker which is at once tender, dark, and witty. Within this particular collection she reflects on love & heartbreak, death & suicide, sex & marriage, fame, fortune, and taxes.

Because her poetry is straight-forward and immediate, a minimal design and all black materials were chosen for their simplicity. The Bradel binding features a black leather spine and rolled black leather endbands with spine titling in bronze foil. Delicately printed Nepalese Lokta paper wraps the front and back covers, except the corner tips which feature “invisible” black leather corners.


leather, lokta paper

About the artist:

Katy Baum is the Managing Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado. She began binding books as an undergraduate art student at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. She later earned her MLIS degree at Dominican University in Chicago while gaining additional bookbinding experience through bindery work, internships, and classes. After several years of academic librarianship, she decided to pursue bookbinding full-time and is thrilled to work for AAB where she is able to support and encourage other students as they hone their skills.

Former academic librarian and passionate public library patron

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Katy Baum – Collected Poetry of Dorothy Parker