Karen Hanmer

Artists' Books & Installation

Gallery: History & Culture

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Title: Using History

Using History

Using History

Using History | bound by artist in 2009 | $2000

by Greta Pratt, Steidl, 2005

Full leather binding using Don Rash’s split board technique. Hand sewn silk endbands, graphite top edge gauphered with 50 stars. Checkerboard of red and fair leather inlays, some stamped with custom dies depicting icons from American history compiled by the binder. Illustrations for dies by Henry Maron. Leather hinge, red textured Japanese paper doublures and flyleaves.


This book of humorous and provocative color photographs documents the use of American iconography in popular culture.