About the artist
Based in Plainfield, Indiana, Bonnie Stahlecker has been practicing book arts and sculpture since 1981, when she earned her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a teaching artist with Arts for Learning for more than 15 years. Explaining her work, Bonnie points out that artist’s books are “artwork in the form of a book.” “They have both a two-dimensional component and a three-dimensional shape,” she says. “They allow the viewer a personal and narrative experience.” As she works with her students in bookmaking, Bonnie’s goal is to entice kids into wanting to make their own books filled with illustrations and words. “I have created the instructions for these books easy enough for the students to make more books on their own, which happens often after my visit to the classroom.” Bonnie received the 2013 Creative Renewal Fellowship, for which she will learn more about leather and metal work and conduct research at the British Museum To learn more about Bonnie, visit her website.