Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who is known for his innovative structures and extensive knowledge of materials. Kelm enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He invented a style of bookbinding called “wire edge binding” in the mid-1980s in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture. Kelm’s experience with bookbinding began in 1978 with employment in the first of several production studios where he learned progressively more specialized traditional techniques. In 1983 he opened his own studio in Easthampton, Massachusetts, called The Wide Awake Garage, where he designs and produces artist’s books, interpretive fine bindings, and book sculptures. His expression as an artist emerges from the integration of work in science and the arts. Before Daniel settled into his career in the book arts he received formal training in chemistry and taught at the University of Minnesota. Alchemy is a common theme in his book work. Daniel has taught book arts widely, and founded the Garage Annex School for Book Arts in 1990. 


    Upcoming Workshops taught by Daniel Kelm