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Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He is known for his innovative structures as well as his traditional work.

His expression as an artist emerges from the integration of work in science and the arts. Alchemy is a common theme in his book work.

Before Daniel began his career in the book arts he received formal training in chemistry and taught at the University of Minnesota. He is known for his extensive knowledge of materials.

bookbinding experience 

Kelm’s experience with bookbinding began in 1978 with employment in the first of several production studios where he learned progressively more specialized traditional techniques.

In 1983 he opened his own studio in Easthampton, MA, U.S.A., called The Wide Awake Garage, where he designs and produces artist’s books, interpretive fine bindings, and book sculptures.

wire edge binding  

He invented a style of bookbinding called “wire edge binding” in the mid-1980s in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture.


In addition to creating his own projects he offers consultations, bindery services, and rental of his studio and equipment.


Daniel teaches widely, and founded the Garage Annex School for Book Arts (GAS) in 1990. GAS is located at the Wide Awake Garage. Follow the Teaching & Lecturing link on the right to see a schedule of workshops as well as information about private study.

Kelm teaches private students as well as groups—both for GAS and on the road.

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<i>Four Centuries of Fine Printing</i> is one of the earliest examples of Daniel’s vision to create bindings with a strong sculptural presence.
Four Centuries of Fine Printing is one of the earliest examples of Daniel’s vision to create bindings with a strong sculptural presence.

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