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"Karen Bleitz creates interactive and sculptural books that draw readers in by allowing them to alter or manipulate the pages themselves. Books with machines, pop-ups, and magnets become dynamic stages through which the reader actively participates in debates around issues that range from the evolution of language to the role of gender and the body in communication. Her work often combines a use of industrial or mechanical materials to apply a constructed form upon a set of texts, or language itself, which then reveals pro- found underlying constraints within language which are seen to have a major impact on the freedom we have to think about the world. The transformations that take place within the pages of her works force the reader to question received assumptions and to experience matters of being, experience and language from an altered perspective."


Chris McCabe ​

Bibliography 


Bleitz, Karen.  "The Mechanical Word." CODE(X) + 1 Monograph Number Nine​​​.  Berkeley: The Codex Foundation, 2014​


Epstein, Eli.  "9 Innovative Methods for Modern Storytelling​​."  Mashable.com​.  New York: 1 Jul. 2014


McCabe, Chris.  arc: UNBOUND​.  London: Arc Editions, 2013


Weston, Heather. "Structure as Metaphor - Dolly: Edition Unlimited by Karen Bleitz​."   Bookcraft London: Quarto Publishing, 2008


Bodman, Sarah.   "The hybrid lexicon: an overview of contemporary artists publishing in the UK​."  Book Art Object.  Ed. David Jury. Berkeley: The Codex Foundation, 2008


Edwards, John.  "Print Evolution."  Paper Jam.  Nov. 2008


Price, Richard.  "Words In Process: Arc Editions."  Artist's Book Yearbook 2008-2009.  Ed. Sarah Bodman. Bristol: Impact Press The Center for Fine Print Research, 2007  DOWNLOAD ARTICLE​​


King, Ronald.  "New Blood at Circle Press."  Parenthesis - Concerning the Book Arts. UK: Journal of the Fine Press Book Association.  Journal No.10, Nov. 2004


Fairman, Elisabeth.  "Cooking the Books: Ron King & Circle Press at the Yale Center for British Art."  Artist's Book Yearbook 2003-2005.  Ed. Sarah Bodman. Bristol: Impact Press The Center for Fine Print Research, 2003


Lambirth, Andrew & King, Ronald.  Cooking the Books - Ron King & Circle Press.  London: The Yale Center for Brtish Art & Circle Press, 2002


Kim, Shin.  "Book Designers in the Digital Age."  Monthly Design (256).  Korea: Oct. 1999


Courtney, Cathy.  Speaking of Book Art - Interviews with British & American Book Artists.  Los Altos Hills: Anderson-Lovelace Publishers, 1999  DOWNLOAD ARTICLE


Zimmer, William.  "'Cool Britannia' Artists at Work."  New York Times.com.  May 9, 1999


"Thurston's Root."  Sleazenation.  UK: Nov. 1998


"Antennae."  The World of Interiors.  UK: Aug. 1998


"Paper Round - Truly Original Ideas."  Design Week.  UK: Jul. 1998


Talks


ABC Days – Paris, 2013

Codex Symposium – Berkeley, CA, 2009 

University of California at Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, CA, 2007

Seoul International Book Fair – Seoul, Korea, 2007​

​Ewha Women’s University – Seoul, Korea, 2007

​University of the Arts  Philadelphia, PA, 2006​ 

Camberwell College of Art – London, 2006


​Collections

The Arts Library, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

The British Library, London, UK

The Butler Library, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

The Green Library, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Jack Ginsberg Collection of Book Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa​

Margaret Clapp Library, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA

Nabi Art Center Collection, Seoul, Korea

F.W. Olin Library, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA

RISDI LibraryRhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

Samuel Paley Library, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA

University of the Arts London Collection, London, UK

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA​


​​Associates


Arc Artists’ Editions

Co-founder. Design, production, promotion and sales of limited edition art works and artists’ books; August 2006 to present


Circle Press Publications

Artist book design, production, promotion, sales and general management; March 1997 to April 2007


Codex Foundation

Consultation; 2006 to present


​Teaching


Book Arts Elective, Course Leader

University of the Arts London: Camberwell College of Art, London. Creation and leadership of elective program for 2nd & 3rd year degree students. September 2001 to December 2007


The Virtual Studio Elective, Course Leader

University of the Arts London: Camberwell College of Art, London. Introduction to 3D computer and real world modelling using 3D Studio Max. September 1999 to December 2007


Key Skills Communication Level 3, Program Co-ordinator

University of the Arts London: Camberwell College of Art, London. Development and  implementation of KS program for Foundation students and staff. September 2002 to June 2005


​Education


Camberwell College of Arts, London 

MA Book Arts (scholarship received from Mills College)

December 1996 to December 1997


Mills College, Oakland, CA

BA Comparative Literature

Spanish (major), English (minor) Language and Literature

September 1994 to May 1996


University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

Studies in Literature, Folklore, Myth and Religion

September 1991 to January 1993


Otis Parsons School of Design, LosAngeles, CA

One semester summer program in Painting

June 1990 to August 1990​




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