Denise Carbone was born in 1957 in Camden, New Jersey. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Glassboro State College, New Jersey where she concentrated in Printmaking and Papermaking. In 1992, she received her MFA in Book Arts & Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Since then, she has been printing and binding books for herself and others. She’s taught at the University of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was a book conservator at the American Philosophical Society for many years.
Her interest in historical bookmaking has taken her to Italy and Greece to study with masters on the subject, and China to teach western bookmaking. Her publication, Observations on the Caterpillar Stitch, 2007, was based on a 12th century book binding. She has taught many workshops on structure and book protection at book arts centers and events like the Paper Book Intensive.
Denise’s studio is in South Jersey where many unusual experiments happen. She shows periodically and has books and prints in private and public collections. Her last major book commission was the binding for William Kentridge, Tummelplatz, 2017, courtesy Ivory Press.
I like making things, figuring out the details of particulars, especially when it comes to function and the haptics of objects like books. The challenge (and pleasure when it happens) is finding a material that excites the senses. And maybe not in the sense one would expect.
In 2019, she collaborated with a fashion designer. Wrap Book Studio was the result.