Radha Pandey

Halden Bookworks

In this talk, Radha Pandey will present some of her artist books and other projects as a means to discuss how she incorporates her interest in paper and print history into her current work.

The talk will touch upon Pandey’s research in the field of papermaking, book history, and the environment, and how these elements come together in the making of contemporary artist books.

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She practices European, Eastern and Indo-Islamic Papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and teaches book arts classes in India, Europe and the US.

Her graduate thesis work — a hand-printed book of botanical anatomies titled Anatomia Botanica won the MICA Book Award at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair in 2014, and received an Honorable Mention at the 15th Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. In 2018, her book Deep Time won the Joshua Heller Memorial Award at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair.

Her artists books are held in over 80 public collections internationally, including the Library of Congress and Yale University.

Currently, Radha is working on an artist book inspired by Mughal miniature paintings of botanicals from the 17th century, for which all the paper will be hand made in the traditional Indo-Islamic style.