Jana Pullman

Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Book artist, binder, and conservator Jana Pullman has been involved in the book arts since 1983. She received her initial training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Walter Hamady and Jim Dast and at the University of Iowa working with Kim Merker, Bill Anthony, and Tim Barrett. After receiving her MFA in 1988, she supervised the Repair Unit for the General Collection at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah, focusing on book repair. After four years she returned to Iowa again to work with Tim Barrett as the Apprentice/Manager at the University of Iowa Oakdale Paper Facility. There she made handmade papers tailored for book and paper conservation and assisted with ongoing research at the facility. Since 1997 she has been based in Minneapolis where she is currently the owner of Western Slope Bindery, specializing in custom binding and repair of books. She focuses her artistic energies on design binding and participates in book exhibitions.

Winner: Award for Excellence in Fine Binding

Example Binding: 
William Shakespeare. 
Venus and Adonis.
Rochester, New York: The Printing House of Leo Hart, 1931.
Illustrated and signed by Rockwell Kent.

Bound in full terracotta goatskin with back-pared black and green onlays and leather line onlays. Cover images based on one of the illustrations by Rockwell Kent in the text. Top edge decorated with copper paint and a hand sewn three color silk headband.  Copper decorative endpapers.

Design Description:
Bound in full brown goat skin with gold tooling to acknowledge the look of older books. To add a more contemporary feel, two images based on illustrations from the book will be done with back-pared onlays and leather line onlays. Edges to be sponge painted and hand sewn silk headbands will be added. Marbled endpapers with sewn-in leather hinges.


Jana Pullman example binding


Jana Pullman design proposal

Jana Pullman