Hand Bound Books and Artist Books have two different functions. The hand bound books are functional and house pages of printed material like music compositions or exhibition catalogs as well as sketchbooks and journals. Artists Books are interactive works of art that reveal a story with their varied forms and their creative content.
Barbara Ryan Gartin grew up in the woods of Northwest New Jersey, earned a BFA in Studio Art at Kutztown University and moved on to earn her MFA at Old Dominion University. She has taught and served as gallery director in universities, colleges, museums and community venues all over the country. Working in primarily in printmaking and book arts, her most recent research, The Story of Our Disappearing, documenting the 27 National Monuments currently being reviewed and reduced and Invisible Ancestors an exploration of the gaps between time, story and perception of familial truth and legends.
In 2010, she began working under the studio name Two Tables Press producing limited edition hand pulled prints and artist books. After living in nine states in each of the continental time zones, she now resides in Flagstaff, Arizona with her amazing husband John and aptly named cat, Salty. Together they own Adventures in Flagstaff and Tie the Knot Flagstaff providing outdoor creative experiences including Astrophotography and art workshops, as well wedding officiant services.