Born in California in 1973, Karen Bleitz has been creating book works in England since 1997. Her Interactive and often sculptural books draw readers in by allowing them to alter or manipulate the page.
 
Books with machines, pop-ups, and magnets become dynamic stages where 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. The transformations that take place within the pages force her readers to 're-view' and experience the subjects from a changed perspective.
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
 
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
 
Glueck, Grace. "A Varied Tour of Connecticut’s Indoor Treasures." New York Times. July 26, 2002
 
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
 
"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 Library, Rhode 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