Mary Uthuppuru was introduced to bookbinding in 2002 through an artist book class. There she was introduced to the world of expressive book making as well as a history of its development. Further training was gained while pursuing her Masters in Library Science with a specialization in rare books. There she closely studied the history of the book accompanied by training though workshops across the Midwest. Working as a Conservation Technician at the Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana an in depth study of book structures and their repair was gained under the direction of the head of Conservation.
This year Spring Leaf Press moved into a new space and began as a full time operation. Mary works in this space in the beginning stages of the bindery’s life. She teaches workshops and continues to study the production of fine bindings, historical structures and the book arts.