Julie Chen is an Associate Professor of Book Arts at Mills College. Her œuvre  at this point in time is large and daunting: she is an award-winning book artist and a repeat finalist in the important Minnesota Center for the Book Arts International Book Arts biennial prize. She has with her Flying Fish Press designed and produced over thirty artist’s books many of which are held in the collections of libraries and museums throughout North America and Europe.

Chen combines fine traditional craftsmanship such as letterpress printing and hand bookbinding with new technologies such as polymer plates and digital design tools. She often replaces the codex and its largely subconscious turning of a page with a more innovative approach to the sequencing of information: unfolding a flap, tilting a box, or spinning a wheel. This active engagement by the reader, and the reader’s unconventional manipulation of the book itself, enhances the work’s communicative purpose.

Chen graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Studio Art and received a M.A. from Mills College in Book Arts.


Books with Julie Chen available from Boreas Fine Art:

Chen, Julie.  Cat’s Cradle.  Berkeley: Flying Fish Press.  2013.

Chen, Julie.  Praxis (Illustrated).  Sarasota:  Ringling College of Art + Design.  2013.

Chen, Julie.  Invented Landscape.  Berkeley: Flying Fish Press.  2010.

Tetenbaum, Barbara and Julie Chen.  Glimpse.  Portland and Berkeley: Triangular Press and Flying Fish Press.  2011.

[ Yolla Bolly Press ]  de Balbuena, Bernardo, et al. trans. Samuel BeckettThe Bread of Days.  Covelo, CA: Yolla Bolly Press.  1994.  (Twelve etchings by Enrique Chagoya; commentaries by Octavio Paz and Eliot Weinberger, binding designed by Julie Chen.)



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