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Book Binding with Red Butte Press

Red Butte Press, located in the Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus, has produced a long list of publications from prose to essays. Using quality paper and binding materials Red Butte Press honors and extends the traditions of press printing, creating finely crafted, limited editions.

When premier printers, Lewis and Dorothy Allen offered an 1846 Columbian hand press to the Marriott Library in 1984, Red Butte Press came into existence. The press publishes unique handmade books with a focus on contemporary dialogue, essays on regional topics, and the best in modern fiction and poetry.

Often commissioning original artwork, each publication involves a team of designers and book makers who collaborate with the author and artist on producing the book and materials to accompany the publication.

Emily Tipps, Head Binder at Red Butte Press, is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah. In the video we see her in the final stages of assembling editions of two handmade books: Stranger & Stranger by Katherine Coles and artwork by Maureen O’hara Ure and Problems of Description in the Language of Discovery by Katherine Coles.

“I discovered book arts via creative writing and the world of small press publishing and chapbooks. Book arts captured me because it married many of my interests: visual art, collaboration, creative writing, and working with my hands,” says Emily. “At the Book Arts Program, I teach bookbinding, artists’ books, and papermaking.

Emily is also the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist's books. Her work is held in collections nationally.