MARIE CHRISTENSEN DERN
Biography


Marie C. Dern was born and raised in Salt Lake City.

She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation she followed a course of study at the Sorbonne in Paris (see Petites Histoires).

In 1974 Marie began Jungle Garden Press in Berkeley in the basement of a house surrounded by a wild garden. She has since printed and published more than 40 books, including her own writing as well as others. She also makes sculptural books, one of a kind and in small editions. Her books are printed letterpress and are bound by hand with attention to combining structure and content of the book to illuminate the meaning of the text. The subjects are most often humorous and ironic. See, for example, Miracles.

Marie returned to school in the 1980s and received a Master of Arts degree in Book Arts from Mills College in 1986.

Books from Jungle Garden Press are found in many collections including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Mills College Library and the New York Public Library.

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