BOOK & PAPER ARTIST
Marie Kelzer is a bookbinder extensively trained in the traditional family operated binderies, commercial trade library binderies, and academic institution’s Book and Paper Preservation labs. She discovered the ancient art of making paste papers while training to be a bookbinder. Marie’s paste paper designs, framed Art Works, hand-bound books and expressive artist books are exhibited and collected worldwide.
Residing in Los Angeles, she combines her love of painting paste papers with her interest in making and designing hand-sewn and bound books. She has expanded into a variety of paper creations including paper bouquets, flower blooms and paste paper mache bowls. Her work can be seen at both Ten Women Galleries on Main St. and Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, CA.
As of April 2019, Marie’s 60 Paste Papers along with biographical papers and tools of the trade and self-published books are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in NYC as part of the Paper Legacy Collection with other decorative papermakers from the 1960s to the present. Available at Watson Online Library Catalog or by appointment. Click on “Search Watsonline” and enter Marie Kelzer.