Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord has been working as a visual artist since the late 1970s. Ten years of calligraphic work were followed by a deep involvement in book arts where she is best known for her Spirit Books and her advocacy of the educational and personal value of simple bookmaking with recycled materials. She divides her studio time between hands-on work with natural materials and the digital screen and writes, blogs, and lectures about the artist's life and the history of the book.
Susan is the author of Art Lessons: Reflections From An Artist's Life, as well as books and articles on simple bookmaking for families and educators.
Her work is in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the University of Arizona, Wellesley College, and Yale University. It has also been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and in Canada and Korea, including the Center for Book Arts in New York City; the University of Indiana Art Gallery in Indianapolis; the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the Seungnam Book Fair in Seungnam, Korea. It has also been featured in books (1,000 Artists Books, 500 Handmade Books, Cover to Cover, The Art of the Handmade Book, Handmade Books And Cards) and magazines (Urthona: Buddhism and the Arts, Somerset Studio, Fiberarts, Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered).
photo by Kevin Harkins, Harkins Photography