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Darryl Malieke

When I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography from Southern Illinois University, my dream was to travel around the world taking pictures. In fifteen years, I visited 49 states and 23 countries always taking pictures.  Somehow I ended up at Penland School of Crafts, just north of Asheville, NC. I took a few photography classes and on a whim, a bookmaking class.

I fell in love with bookmaking. It is such a different way of working with my hands than printing photographs. I like the physical act of folding and tearing paper. I like working with leather and beads, bookboard and recycled materials. I like putting all the materials together and constructing a book. It is fun for me to try to come up with books that feel good in your hands. Because of my years of being nomadic and carrying only what I need, I like to make functional books, ones that can be written or drawn in. Dreams and recollections can be saved for a lifetime.

In 2000 I was accepted as a Core Student at Penland School of Crafts. For two years I continued to take photography classes, but that is where I really started to hone my bookmaking skills. After Penland I became an Artist-in-Residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg TN.

Although I still love photography, bookmaking is now my main artistic focus. I have been making books for over 15 years, which is longer than anything else I have ever done. I live and have my studio in Asheville NC. I am a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and sell my work in numerous galleries on the East Coast.

I plan to continue making books and I hope to one day combine my photographs and bookmaking into fine handmade functional books.

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