Alice's Prints at the Philadelphia Print Shop
8441 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aug. 1- Sept. 15
Opening reception Aug. 1 and Sept. 5, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Alice interviewed by

Steve Miller, Univ. of Alabama »


Alice at Vamp and Tramp booksellers


Delaware valley Chapter, GBW site »


Alice on the New Yorker Book Bench blog

New Yorker


"Show and Bestow" page »


Show & Bestow


Alice Austin is a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist.
She has worked as a book conservator since 1999 at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the first library in the U.S., founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin.
She has taught at the University of the Arts, teaching book structures, and at the Center for Book Arts, NYC, and at other institutions in the U.S. and Europe. She earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, and has been an active member of the Guild of Book Workers since 1998.
She has been awarded several artist residencies in Europe and Japan, some of which involve teaching and exhibiting. Her work is widely held in museums, private, public and special collections worldwide.

Her art work is also featured in the books 500 Handmade Books, Magic Books and Paper Toys, 1000 Artists' Books and Making Handmade Books. Her artist books have been reviewed in Fine Books magazine and online in the New Yorker magazine's Book Bench blog.

Residency in Venice

From Nov. 8 to Dec. 13, 2018 Alice was a resident with the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice.






Rome residency - April 2018

Alice spent part of April, 2018 as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Her research in Rome centered around exploring forced perspectives and sight lines, including architectural examples that utilize the sun for timekeeping, such as obelisks used as gnomons, and meridian lines used to chart the seasons. Site visits included; Santa Maria degli Angeli, the cloisters at Trinita dei Monti, the Pantheon and many other churches. She was also fortunate to secure special permission to visit the Vatican Secret Archives and the Torre dei Venti, a meridian room constructed for pope Gregory VIII (of Gregorian calendar fame). She also managed to make it home with a few pounds of old books liberated from the Porta Portese flea market.



New work: To the Ocean

Edition 6 - 15 
8.5” x 9.5” x 1”
This ode to the ocean is written by the artist and contains linocuts of various shells found at various beaches. The text is hand-set in Cheltenham Italic 18pt. and is printed on Somerset paper on a Vandercook SP-15. The cover is Twinrocker handmade paper.
Editiion of 15: Deluxe editions 1 - 5 come in handmade wooden box with items pictured below, editions 6-15 are the book only, housed in a custom archival storage box. 


New Studio, New Work

1241 Carpenter Art+Space

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2018

1241 Carpenter St. Studios

Philadelphia Pa.



Alice taught a workshop in Sept. 2016 at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation

Below is a short video about working with found objects from the shores of the Irish coast.







Alice's talk at the Library of Congress - video



And the link:



Alice Austin lecture
At the Library of Congress
June 11, 2015

Sculptural Books: Book Structures from the Medieval to the Modern
Austin discussed her exploration of different book structures, both historic and modern. Her unique books satisfy a curiosity of book binding history while her editions celebrate pattern and color.


Residency at Awagami Paper in Japan

August, 2015

Alice traveled to the Awagami Paper Factory in Japan in July-August 2015 as a Resident Artist to explore Japanese paper-making and indigo dyeing methods.


Pie Book




Ballinglen fellowship - 2014

Alice was awarded a fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland in September - October, 2014.




Alice interview

Alice interviewed on» in chinese and english.


Girdle Book workshop

Photo gallery from the GBW Girdle Book Workshop with Renate Mesmer at the Folger Shakespeare Library in August 2014



Venice fellowship

Alice spent November, 2013 in Venice, Italy as a recipient of an Emily Harvey Foundation fellowship. Below are photos and videos from her stay in Venice.


Map books inspired by Venice

I started with the idea that maps are not too useful in Venice. Using a substrate of US nautical maps, I printed, drew and painted maps of Venice and then folded the long maps in a manner to convey the feeling of wandering and being lost. I included a grid map of Philadelphia, abstracted, to contrast with the meandering streets of Venice. The maps are sewn into a folded cover of handmade paper.

See more photos »



Snapshots from Venice

Etching at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica

The Rome Project in Denver

Maps: From the Local to the Global

Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver, March – August 2013

The Rome Project (Upper Level)

This exhibit features a compilation of works from Alice Austin, a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist. The famous Nolli map of Rome inspired her detailed and creative interpretation. What is the Nolli Map? – It is an ichnographic plan of Rome from 1736 surveys of Giambattisa Nolli, an Italian architect. Nolli used the survey to engrave 12 copper plates into an elaborate and comprehensive ground plan, commonly recognized as building footprints, of Rome, Italy.

Collaborative paper making in Austria

Paper making at the Hobl+Sohn paper works in Steyrermuhl, Austria in September, 2012 during Alice's stay as the Resident Artist withARThaus4.


Flexagons in history

An interesting blog post about flexagons from the Center for Book Arts - who knew that flexagons were "discovered", and noted physicist Richard Feynman was involved?

Alice will be teaching Four Fantastic Folds about flexagons at the Center for Book arts in New York, June 15, 2013.

The CBA Blog post »

Rome Maps

Inspired by the 1748 Giambattista Nolli plan of Rome, these two books consist of prints, sketches and notes from Alice's residency at the American Academy in Rome, ink cover on natural vellum cover.

See the blog entry for the Rome Project »




Venice Tunnel books

“Venice Studio View” and "Ca d'Oro" are tunnel books inspired by the feel of Venice, a city built on water, full of narrow canals and tight spaces. The light play on buildings and water is evoked by using etchings, one for the background, and one cut to make two other layers. Linoleum prints, based on the pattern of an iron window grill, make the foreground and sides. The tunnel book is housed in a handmade paste paper covered box with a magnetic closure.

Edition of six.


Nolli Ca' d' Oro Studio view

Nolli book

"Nolli," an exploration of the textural layers of Rome, by Alice Austin and Jon Snyder, was inspired by the Giambattista Nolli map of Rome, 1748. The book was folded from one sheet of paper which was printed offset lithography in six colors, which required six runs through the Heidelberg Kors press, at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.




See the blog entry for the Rome Project »




Visiting Artist

ARTHaus4, Gmunden, Austria

September, 2012




Struttura e Contunento

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice Italy, October, 2011

Photos of the books in the show»


Video of the Venice opening »

Patmos workshop, 2010

Show and Bestow page»

With links to the Oberlin College online exhibit of the show.