ESTHER K. SMITH creates artists' books and limited editions at Purgatory Pie Press, collaborating with hand-typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers. Her work has been exhibited at such prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Tate Gallery (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Whitney Museum. Esther teaches throughout the United States, Canada, and England, taught Artist Books to adults at Cooper Union for more than fifteen years, and has been a visiting artist working with children at the Museum of Arts and Design and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Esther is also the author of two books on book arts, How to Make Books (2007)and Magic Books & Paper Toys (2008), and contributed a foreword to Little Book of Book Making by Charlotte Rivers (August 2014), all published by Potter Craft/Random House. An active promoter who supports her titles with hands-on workshops, Esther is a fixture at the Brooklyn Book Festival (typically held in September), and has children's events scheduled at the independent bookstores WORD in Jersey City, New Jersey, and McNally Jackson Books in New York City.
This is an Official Rave, a fan letter! Esther K. Smith's classic, How to Make Books, has been on my shelf since 2007. Simply put, it's one of the best in its category, book making. I predict that her newest, Making Books with Kids, will join the ranks at that same high level. - Judi Kauffman, Scrapbooking.com Magazine