My artwork is concerned with the ways we find and create meaning by connecting with something larger than ourselves, whether that be other people, nature, or the divine. Such work is created by means that are repetitive in motion, rooted in traditional crafts, or reliant on the cycles of nature. I received a BA from Reed College in Portland, OR and a Bookbinding Diploma from North Bennet St School in Boston, MA.

I have performed conservation treatments in academic labs across the country. My bookbinding and book conservation practice is based in Walla Walla, WA.

Commissions are welcome.

Please send a message to inquire about custom bookbinding and book repair projects.

arini.esarey@gmail.com

Exhibits

2016
ArtSquared, Cavu Cellars, Walla Walla, WA

2014
Outside the Margin, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD
Sacred / Profane, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
Fifth Annual Book Arts Show, Illahe Gallery, Ashland, OR

2013
Third Annual Members Exhibit, Puget Sound Book Artists, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA
Fourth Annual Book Arts Show, Illahe Gallery, Ashland, OR
International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2012
Somatotopia, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA
Reed College Alumni Show, Portland OR

2011
Northwest Chapter Exhibition, Guild of Bookworkers, Salt Lake City, UT and Boise, ID
10x10x10, Mighty Tieton, Tieton, WA
One Book, Many Interpretations, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL
Student Exhibit, North Bennet St School, Boston, MA

2010
10x10x10, Mighty Tieton, Tieton, WA
Student Exhibit, North Bennet St School, Boston, MA
Abecedaries in the Reading Room, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

2005
solo show, Constructing an Intimate Place, Reed College Library, Portland, OR
Constructing an Intimate Place, Reed College Thesis Show, Portland, OR

2003
Reed Arts Week, Portland, OR

Awards

2015
Fath Scholarship for Artists and Artisans of the Book, Rare Book School

2013
Recognition of Excellence Award, Puget Sound Book Artists, Tacoma, WA.

2011
Makeshift Manufactory Residency, Iowa City, IA

2009
Nell-Meldahl Merit-based Scholarship, Paper and Book Intensive, Saugatuck, MI

2005
Commendation for Academic Excellence, Reed College, Portland, OR

 

Education

2011
North Bennet Street School, Boston, Massachusetts. Diploma in Bookbinding

2005
Reed College, Portland, Oregon. B.A. in Studio Art (Thesis on Book Arts)

Continuing Education

2016
History of the Book in China, Rare Book School, UVa, Charlottesville, VA

2013
Introduction to Museum Studies, Northern States Conservation Center

2012
Islamic Calligraphy, Les Arts Turcs, Istanbul, TR
Ebru Art, Les Arts Turcs, Istanbul, TR
Persian and Indian Illuminated Manuscripts, Anita Chowdry, London, UK
Introduction to Pest Management, Val Blyth, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Islamic Bookbinding, Calligraphy, and Papermaking, Scripps College, CA

2011
Standards Conference, Guild of Bookworkers, Boston, MA
Chemistry for Conservators, correspondence course, International Academic Projects, UK
Paper Marbling, Regina and Daniel St. John, North Bennet St School, Boston, MA
Spokeshave Modification for Leather Paring, Jeff Peachey, North Bennet St School, Boston, MA

2010
Paper Marbling, Regina and Daniel St. John, North Bennet St School, Boston, MA
Islamic Binding Structure, Katherine Beaty, Guild of Bookworkers, New York, NY
Knife-making for Book Repair, Jeff Peachey, North Bennet St School, Boston, MA

2009
Japanese Papermaking, Paul Denhoed, Paper & Book Intensive, Saugatuck, MI
Bookbinding, Gabrielle Fox, Paper & Book Intensive, Saugatuck, MI
Pulp Paper Painting, Beck Whitehead, Paper & Book Intensive, Saugatuck, MI
Chinese Binding, Margaret Davis, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

1999
Bookbinding Symposium, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA