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Maureen Sharp, and her company Sharp Design, specialize in designing and constructing exceptional albums, books, and boxes: fine art with a purpose. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA), she has worked as a bookbinder for over 15 years. After living in Chicago for 12 years, she moved back to her hometown in 1990.

In addition to one-of-a-kind commissions for individuals, she has had wide experience in the conservation and rebinding of antiquarian volumes, as well as corporate commissions, prototypes and presentation packaging for graphic designers and advertising agencies, the design production and marketing of an exclusive line of journals and albums, and creating original artist's books.

Each commission is numbered, dated, and signed in pencil. The work is both useful and beautiful, and has been sold in gift shops and exhibited in the galleries listed below:

Sharp Design books are currently available from:

Adorning Elements: Shoup House Antiques, Battle Ground, IN

Sharp Design books have been sold in the following shops:

The Museum of Contemporary Art Gift Shop, Chicago IL
Elements, Chicago IL
The Heartland Cafe General Store, Chicago IL
Pas de Chat Gallery, Chicago IL
Artphase II, Chicago IL
Illinois Artisan's Shop, Chicago IL
The Artell, Chicago IL
The Greater Lafayette Museum of Art Gift Shop, Lafayette, IN

Sharp Design books have been exhibited in:

The North Pier Gallery, Chicago IL
Northwestern University Library, Evanston IL
The Art Institute of Chicago's Ryerson Library, Chicago IL
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
Artist's Bookworks, Chicago IL
Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette IL
The Anna and Harlan Hubbard Gallery, Frankfort IN
The Newberry Library, Chicago IL
The Gallery Off the Alley, Chicago IL

For more information contact Sharp Design at collector182@hotmail.com.

© 2009 Maureen Sharp
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