Alice Austin is a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist who has worked as a book conservator since 1999 at the Library Company of Philadelphia, a rare book library founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin.
She has been on the faculty at the University of the Arts, teaching book structures, and has also taught workshops at the Center for Book Arts in New York, Ballinglen Foundation in Ireland, The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, and other institutions. She earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and has been an active member of the Guild of Book Workers since 1998.
Alice has been awarded several artist residencies in Europe, and her work is widely held in private, public and special collections worldwide.
Artist Statement:My approach to the book is often sculptural: the form presents the idea. Words, when used, reinforce the visual. My knowledge of different book forms has evolved over the years spent as a book conservator and teacher. I see myself as a keeper of craft, using this respect for a beautifully realized book, and combining it with a modern approach, to create a sensual object. In my work I am interested in the textures of different mark making - drawn or printed - the feel of the paper - the sound of the page - as it relates to the entire book.