For more than thirty years, hand bookbinding has remained a challenging craft that has given me the freedom to express artistic design. As a collaborator of book production, my hands have sewn, bound, and assembled thousands of edition books and boxes. It has exposed me to extraordinary people and students who share the love of the handmade book.
Priscilla Spitler received a BFA (1975) in Printmaking from the California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, and a Certificate of Craft Bookbinding from the London College of Printing (1981). She was edition bookbinder at the Palace Press, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe NM, from 1982 to 1986 and at BookLab, Inc., in Austin TX, from 1987 to 1995. Her own bindery, Hands On Bookbinding, was established in 1995 in Austin and later moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, in 2007.
Priscilla has participated in numerous bookbinding exhibits. She is the 2009 and 2015 prize winner of the Helen Warren DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding. In 2015, Priscilla was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Book Workers. She was a silver prize winner for her binding exhibited at the Designer Bookbinders’ International Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, in 2017.