Information about the (guest) teachers at Bookbindery Wilgenkamp


Benjamin Elbel

Benjamin Elbel fell in love with bookbinding while studying art in Strasbourg, France. From the beginning his interest has been towards the experimental side of the craft; however, determined to learn the 'proper' ways he embarked on a journey that took him to Switzerland (Ascona- Centro del bel libro- the inspiration for our company name), Germany (Göttingen- die Buchmanufaktur) and England (London- Shepherds Bookbinders, Book Works). After these years of working in the trade he started his own bindery.

Benjamin is passionate about the traditional craft of bookbinding but is also an innovator by nature. He is always looking for alternative ways to construct books and original ways to design them. He invents bookbinding techniques which we share via our self-published collection of tutorials 'bookbinding out of the box'. In 2013 he was the first to successfully conduct a remote bookbinding workshop, with students all around the world following his instructions via video conference.

Benjamin's work has been awarded on several occasions, notably the 2009 Designer Bookbinders International Competition and begin 2017 for the International Open Set Competition. He has taught workshops in Europe and the USA and is regularly invited to give lectures

More information: www.elbel-libro.com

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Lori Sauer

Lori Sauer has a background in the arts with degrees in fine art and English literature.
After working for a number of years in publishing she studied bookbinding at The City Lit in London.
She has won various awards for her work over the years including the Silver Medal in the Bookbinding Competition.
Now a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, she specialises in contemporary fine binding and continues to do high profile commissions for private presses and bindings for the Man Booker Prize.
For the last decade Lori has turned her attention to the development of alternative binding structures and passes on her knowledge of them through teaching.
Her work is held in public collections in North America, Africa, Europe, and the UK.

More information: www.bookbindingworkshops.com

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Sün Evrard

Sün Evrard is a designer bookbinder.
Her work can be found in many public and private collections in several countries.
She has been teaching around the world the techniques she developed in book structures and also some of her innovative decoration techniques.
She considers bookbinding as a permanent interaction between Form and Function, an association between design and conservation practice.

More information: www.sun.evrard.pagesperso-orange.fr/index.htm

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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson has an international reputation for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts.
He is author of over fifteen titles including A book of One’s own, Literacy Through the Book Arts and Pictures and Words Together (all published by Heinemann, USA).
Recent teaching tours include Sweden, South Korea and Thailand and he regularly teaches int he USA.
He is on the UK Craft Council’s select list of British designer-makers.

Paul Johnson is also a successful book artist with work in the collections of the Tate Gallery, Cooper-Hewett Museum in New York, the National Gallery, the Library of Congress and many Universities including UCLA, Yale and Harvard.
His work was selected for the recent Stand and Deliver USA touring exhibition of pop-up editioned books and for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artist Guild’s The Art of the Book touring exhibition (2008-09) for which he received the guild’s Book Art Colophon Award.

More information: www.bookart.co.uk

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Nadine Werner

Nadine Werner did her apprenticeship in bookbinding in Hamburg and a further education as a handicraft designer at the Craft Academy for Design in Kassel.
After working with various bookbinders in New Zealand she opened her own workshop in 2005 as a free-lance book and paper designer.
Her fields of expertise are adhesive-free bindings, book constructions and magnetic closures.
In 2007, Nadine began designing for publishing company Hartley & Marks for various projects. The new Paper-oh brand has just been launched.

More information: www.nadinewerner.com

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Hedi Kyle

Hedi Kyle had a big influence in the developping of contemporary bookbinding since end 1970's.
As bookconservator she developped a lot of innovative and onconventional structures for designing, fabricating and a different way in looking to books as a piece of 'architecture'.
Her extensive knowledge of historical bookstructures is visible in all of her books, using her technical knowledge to create a unique vision.
Using quality materials, she also re-uses lost and found materials and transform them completely in her own way.
Her work is seen all over the internet and in a lot of books. We know a lot of her structures like Flagbook, Fishbonebook, Accordionbook, Blizzardbook, to name a few.
Because of her lessons for many years in Ox-Bow, Michican and her workshop all over the USA, her students copied and spread her work all over the world.
A lot of people are using het structures without knowing it was developped by Hedi.

More information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedi_Kyle

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Daniel E. Kelm

Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who enjoys expanding the concept of the book.
He is known for his innovative structures as well as his traditional work.
His expression as an artist emerges from the integration of work in science and the arts. Alchemy is a common theme in his book work.
Before Daniel began his career in the book arts he received formal training in chemistry and taught at the University of Minnesota.
He is known for his extensive knowledge of materials.
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, MA, U.S.A., called The Wide Awake Garage, where he designs and produces artist’s books, interpretive fine bindings, and book sculptures.
He invented a style of bookbinding called “wire edge binding” in the mid-1980's in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture.

More information: www.danielkelm.com

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Kylin Lee

Kylin Lee Achermann is an American born hand bookbinder and craftsperson.
Her work focuses on contemporary bookbinding and using those materials and techniques as a launching point for the design and creation of a variety of beautiful and functional objects.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography and Cognitive Science, Kylin dedicated eight years to working for and learning from Master Bookbinder Daniel Kelm at The Wide Awake Garage in Easthampton, MA.
In 2007 Kylin established her own studio producing small editions of artist books and fine press books.
Since moving to Switzerland in 2010, she has launched a new project designing and crafting custom and limited edition boxes for jewelry, collectibles, and precious objects.

More information: www.kylinlee.com

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Suzanne Natterer

Susanne Natterer studied Bookbinding at the College of Technology in Guildford / England.
She returned back to Freiburg / Germany and opened her workshop in 1995.
She accomplished her further education with the master in bookbinding and courses in book- and paperrestauration.
Her interest focuses on contemporary bindings, the integration of functional elements of the book in the design of her bindings, experimenting with paper stripes and unusual packaging and boxes.
She is executive member of MDE - Meister der Einbandkunst and member of the Crafts Council Baden Württemberg / Germany.

More information: www.buchbindereinatterer.de

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Dario Zeruto

Dario Zeruto, Havana (Cuba) in 1965. I live in Barcelona, Spain.
Being a mechanical engineer by profession I may still struggle with conceptualizing what I do within the parameters of contemporary art and design. I work with paper as an expressive medium, taking about the book object as fundamental reference in any of their meanings whether as a single object, or small editions and installations.
I am a self-taught, with reference in the Bauhaus and conceptual art of the 60s and 70s. By using geometry as a language, I reach the volume as a result of crossing textile techniques, binding and folding paper, being the manual component development a fundamental part of the process. So that, it is precisely the work process which constitutes the means of expression through the repetition of gesture, as mathematical component remaining embodied in the works.
Parallel to the art process, I have  developed a didactic work for public and private institutions in Spain, Italy and Switzerland, specially related to the use of the paper fold as an element  of creation and design, always from the commitment to the idea of learning by exploring and from the sensibility to material.

Birgit Skiold Prize 2014 in London Art Book Fair for the book "42 ° 30'22''N, 1 ° 16'28''E".
The book became part of the National Art Library Collections, Victoria & Albert Museum.

More information: www.dariozeruto.com

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Jan Peter Zimmerlich

Jan-Peter Zimmerlich manages his own bookbinding workshop since 20 years and emphasizes the broad spectrum between simple traditional works and valuable exclusive objects.
He prefers to call himself a "technical designer" rather than a "book artist".
Innovations are a constant challenge for him. He is constantly questioning traditional working manners. He modifies and invents binding techniques and materials to achieve non-adhesive structures.
A main concern of his approach is the function of his books as well as a conservation aspect.
His books get close to book objects, without losing the link to his craft.
He won several prizes at international competitions and presents his innovations in workshops.
Since 2014 he is an active member of „Buch und Form“, a group of swiss professional bookbinding creators.

More information: www.buchundform.ch/index.php?id=31

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Marja Wilgenkamp

Marja Wilgenkamp is a professional bookbinder based in Blokker, The Netherlands.
Since 1997 Boekbinderij Wilgenkamp has produced books for individuals, companies and professional organisations.
Her studio also offers courses, workshops and masterclasses taught by renowned bookbinders from France, Germany, UK, Switserland, Spain and the USA.
Marja Wilgenkamp’s previous career as a textile instructor gives her a distinct perspective on design and the use of materials that she employs to effect in her bindings.
Her work is held in the special collection of The Royal Library in The Hagueand and in private collections.

More information: www.bindery-wilgenkamp.com