Karen Hanmer’s design bindings and artists’ books intertwine cultural and personal memory. The work is often playful in structure or content, and may include social commentary. She exhibits internationally, and won the 2009 Jury Prize for Binding at the Helen Warren DeGolyer Awards for American Bookbinding. Hanmer’s work is included in collections ranging from The Getty Museum and the Library of Congress to Yale University and Graceland. She serves on the editorial boards of The Bonefolder and the Guild of Book Workers Journal. Hanmer offers workshops and private instruction focusing on building a solid foundation in basic binding skills.