Glue + Paper Workshop
The Dancing Skeletons Tunnel Book
We started Glue + Paper Workshop after years working in museums, trade publishing, academic publishing, and as freelancers. Collectively, we have designed and/or produced hundreds of books—from elegant casebound exhibition catalogues and collection books to price-sensitive "take away" books, trade art titles, gift and children's books. We have engineered moveable books, created books with interactive elements and alternative bindings, and sourced materials for kits and books "plus."

Our cumulative experience has taught us the importance of: building long-term relationships; effective collaboration; uncensored brainstorming; flexibility; a sense of humor; and displaying a pinch of ego.

Building long-term relationships. We strive to have every project exceed expectations, to run smoothly, and to stay within budget so our clients keep coming back. We are considerate of our vendors, and have excellent, long-standing relationships with museum-quality color separators and printers, both foreign and domestic. And, when needed, our workshop can expand to include excellent freelance writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, photo researchers, and translators.

Effective collaboration. We listen, knowing that everyone, from curators and editors to retail staff, brings specialized knowledge and insight to a project. Only uncensored brainstorming allows unpredictable, and possibly brilliant, ideas to surface. It is also true that some ideas are better than others. Promoting the best ideas while respecting all participants requires flexibility and a sense of humor, two qualities we have in abundance. Then there's that pinch of ego—enough to be personally invested in the final product, but not so much to hinder the process.

Some of our clients, past and present, include: Abrams Books; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth; Art Institute of Chicago; The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Chicago History Museum; Chicago Cultural Center; Dallas Museum of Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Oakland Museum of California; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Pomegranate; Prestel Publishing; Saint Louis Art Museum; Skira Rizzoli; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Toledo Museum of Art; University of California Press; and Chuck Close.

If you have a project that requires creative collaboration, a design sensitive to the content, and quality cost-effective production and printing, contact us. We'd be happy to discuss.
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