handmade paper & artist books by lisa miles



Lisa Miles provides the vision and capable hands behind Dutchess Press. She creates one of a kind and limited edition artist books, prints, and handmade paper using ethically-sourced, plant-based, sustainable materials. Her artistic research has led her to study traditional Mesoamerican and Austronesian bark papermaking techniques in Mexico and Indonesia.

For inquiries, commissions, and collaborations: holla@dutchesspress.com

Artist Statement

My work meditates on the book as an artifact – a tool for communication across continents and centuries. I am interested in language transmission, translation, and decipherment. Inspired by ancient makers, my artist books speak to a universal audience that transcends a single language or cultural perspective.

Approximating traditional methods, I beat bark paper using a stone or metal beater on a wooden board. By incorporating modern advancements alongside archaic practices, I examine the role of humans as tool users and makers of meaning. As a 21st century artist, I am reacting against the Technological Revolution by returning to the techniques and origins of early human civilization.


University of Iowa Center for the Book
MFA • Book Arts

New England School of Art & Design
BFA • Graphic Design

Santa Fe Community College
AA • Book Arts & Printmaking