RORY SPARKS
Artist
Letterpress, bookbinding

Rory Sparks has been a letterpress printer and bookbinder for 16 years. She learned through self-study, residency, apprenticeship, and at various institutions including the American Academy of Bookbinding. Rory worked at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in several positions including Museum Shop Manager, Instructor, Studio Manager and as the Teen Mentor Program Coordinator. Locally, she has taught at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland Art Museum, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Em Space, and private tutorials. Recently, she founded Em Space Book Arts Center where artists can have access to space and rare equipment for their print & book art practice. She is a private practice bookbinder and printer specializing in collaborative limited edition artist books, traditional French style leather binding, and custom designed books & portfolios for artists. Rory came to Oregon as an Artist-in-Residence at OCAC in 2003 and never left.