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Claire Owen has been producing limited edition books since 1981. After receiving degrees in illustration and printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, she moved to Philadelphia and established her own imprint. Turtle Island Press books maintain many of the traditional aspects of fine print editions, using archival materials, and formal binding formats. Owen uses hand printing methods including etchings, woodcuts for her images. She collaborates with letterpress printers for the text, and the books are hand bound. Recently Owen has begun to use digital imagery of her drawing and painting in her bookwork, combining new technologies with traditional methods of reproduction.
Turtle Island Press books are represented in numerous public collections including:
- Free Library of Philadelphia, Print and Picture Department
- Getty Center for History of Arts and Humanities, Santa Monica, CA
- Harvard University, Houghton Library, Cambridge, MA
- Library of Congress, Washington, DC
- Metropolitan Museum of art, Dept.of Prints and Pictures, N.Y.
- Princeton University, Firestone Library, Princeton, NJ
- Stanford University, Green Library, CA
- Swarthmore College, McCabe Library, Swarthmore, PA
- Temple University Paley Library Special Collections, Phila., PA
- The German Museum of Book Design, Leipzig, Germany
- The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- The New York Public Library, Special Collections, and Spencer Collection, NY, NY
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
- Wellesley College, Margaret Clapp Library, Wellesley, MA
- Yale University, Sterling Library, New Haven, CT
Latest NewsNew Project and Exhibit!
Bartram’s Boxes Remix project of the Center for Art in Wood and Bartram Gardens
A collaborative with poet Beth Feldman Brant in which I constructed 3 boxes that contain artifacts from trees, handmade books with Brandt’s poems and scrolls. The images and poems explore three themes of Journeys, Helpmeets, and Storms.
Exhibit opens: May 2 and continues to July 19th
Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd St Philadelphia, PA 19106