Mary Uthuppuru is a bookbinder and book artist who publishes under the name Spring Leaf Press. She studied at Indiana University where she received a B.A. in Art History in 2004 and later earned a Masters in Library Science, specializing in rare books. By taking various workshops and working as a Conservation Technician at the Lilly Library, she furthered her study of book structures and the history of the book. The artist’s books and bindings she has made are inspired by science, literature, and travel. Her works make use of traditional materials such as handmade paper and of new technologies such as LED lights and electronics. For example, her binding of Fantasy & Nonsense (2012) features painted Japanese tissue and lights that light up in sequence. Another notable book by Uthuppuru is Destiny of Choice (2013), a book about environmental issues made of recycled materials.

Uthuppuru’s work is exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. She has won multiple awards for her books, including Best Binding in Category (2011) at the Chicago Public Library’s One Book Many Interpretations: Second Edition exhibit and Best of Show, EcoEditions (2013) at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland. Uthuppuru lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana and teaches workshops nationally.

 

Books with Mary Uthuppuru available from Boreas Fine Art:

[ Uthuppuru, Mary ]  Lahiri, Jhumpa.  Interpreter of Maladies.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.  1999.

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