I am a book artist and book binder, and sometimes a writer, working in the mythic tradition. I am inspired by fairy tales, folklore, and the wild places in the world. I believe that stories save lives, and that books are small gods. I also believe in magic.
My book art has made its way into the working collection of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and my art and bindings can be found in private collections around the world. I am self-taught, but no woman learns in a vacuum. The wonderful subscribers of Book_Arts-L, the lovely Richard Norman of Eden Workshops, the Center for Book Arts — all of these and so many more have helped me on my journey. I give back by donating work to good causes when I can.
My story as an artist/binder began in 2001, in the arts district of Philadelphia, where I founded Papaveria Press, a micropress devoted to miniature books and the literature of the fantastic. In 2008 I went on to co-found, with my husband, Hadean Press, an esoteric press exploring the union of myth and magic. I am a member of the Society of Bookbinders, the Miniature Book Society, and am also the co-founder and editor of Cabinet des Fées, an online journal of fairy tales (currently on hiatus).
Get in touch at erzebetbarthold at gmail dot com.
More from the kind people who have interviewed me over the years:
The Book Binder Artist by the Skeptical Occultist, August 2017.
Talking the Magical Journey with Hadean Press by Gordon White, August 2016.
Fairy Tale Friday with Erzebet Barthold by Angie Rega, November 2015.
Seven Questions with Erzebet YellowBoy by E. Catherine Tobler, August 2013.
Author Answers with Erzebet YellowBoy by The Word Nerds, June 2012.
Book Artist: an interview with Papaveria Press founder Erzebet YellowBoy Carr by Mike Allen, March 2011.
6 + 1: Interview with Erzebet YellowBoy by Daniel A. Rabuzzi, June 2009.
Erzebet YellowBoy, author of A Spell for Twelve Brothers by Ellen B. Wright, October 2008.