Mary Uthuppuru creates artist books, bindings, boxes, and prints inspired by science, literature and travel. With a fascination in life’s mysteries, a yearning for adventures great and small, and a novel constantly at hand, she draws viewers into her work with play and layers of meaning.
After receiving a BA in Art History in 2004, Mary pursued a Masters in Library Science with a specialization in rare books. During her education she closely studied the history of the book accompanied by training through workshops across the Midwest. She worked as a Conservation Technician at the Lilly Library in 2007, and gained an in depth study of book structures and their repair under the direction of the head of Conservation.
As of 2010, she began her career as a full time book artist and book binder operating under the name Spring Leaf Press in her home studio in Bloomington, Indiana. In 2011, she won Best Binding in category at the One Book Many Interpretations: Second Edition exhibit at the Chicago Public Library.