Artist’s Book Selected for National Exhibition


Decorah IA, March 30, 2009 – A book made by British artist, Iowa resident, and FPBA member David Esslemont has been selected for a national exhibition. “Marking Time”, presented by The Guild of Book Workers opens this May at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis and tours the country through March 2011.

The selected book, All in Good Time, the autobiography of watchmaker George Daniels, was designed, printed, and bound by Esslemont. The binding in Nigerian goatskin leather incorporates a “watch-spring” spiral design in gold and a recessed panel on the front cover that contains one of Daniels’ own handmade watch pieces. It is one of fifty books chosen for this juried exhibition.

Venues include San Francisco, Cincinnati and Denver public libraries, the libraries of Washington, Utah and Emory Universities and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Founded in 1906, The Guild of Book Workers is a national organization based in New York City that promotes the craft of bookbinding. There are currently over 900 members.

A selection of Esslemont’s drawings, paintings and prints and books will be on display at The Perfect Edge, 118 Washington Street, Decorah from Thursday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 28. This is the first in a series of monthly shows of work by local artists organized by owners Jeff and Anja Brown. Meet the artist and view All in Good Time at a reception at The Perfect Edge on Friday, April 17, from 5 to 8 pm. (563) 382-2567

Esslemont will show his new book, My Fellow Citizens: an illustrated edition of Barack Obama’s inaugural address, on Saturday, April 4, during Arts Alive at Hotel Winneshiek, Decorah.

A retrospective selection of the artist’s books and other work will also be on display at Preus Library, Luther College, during September and October this year as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of that building.

David Esslemont’s archive is at the University of Iowa and his work can be found in private and public collections worldwide. Further information is available on the artist’s Web site:
 David Esslemont, 563 382 1220. Email: esslemont [at]

— Paul Razzell

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