Athena Moore has been binding books for over a decade. As a writing undergrad, her interest in the objects started on the inside. When an endlessly patient art major friend helped her sew her own pages together for the first time, however, she became quickly enamored with the book as much more than its contents.
After spending several years floating in self-taught limbo, she attended and graduated from the bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School. She continues to pursue bookbinding-related learning and artistic opportunities and has traveled extensively in and outside of the US to do so.
Athena has been a member of Washington Street Studios since 2012. Beyond the work she has exhibited here, her bindings have been shown at The Old Corner Bookstore, Bromfield Gallery and Boston Architectural College.
Athena is a) the secretary of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers, b) 1/3 of the Cool Kids Club, and c) a resident of Union Square. From 9-5 M-F, she is a book conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center.
Much of Athena's work uses historic binding methods to convey contemporary meaning. Her pieces are often based on traditional binding styles, but incorporate personal content and are constructed in a way that challenges both the artist and the viewer. She works predominantly in paper-based materials, leather and acrylic paint.
Books serve to expose us to stories, to teach us, and to develop our sense of the world. In her recent work, Athena uses the physical form of the book to give context to her own story.