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Daniel Kelm (b. 1951), bookbinder and book designer, received his formal training in chemistry at the University of Minnesota. In the mid '70s, after teaching and research in chemistry, Kelm switched to the book arts, beginning employment in four production studios where he learned specialized traditional bookbinding techniques. In 1983 he founded The Wide Awake Garage in Easthampton, Massachusetts, a studio for the design and production of artists' books and interpretive fine bindings. The studio expanded in 1990 when Kelm founded The Garage Annex School, offering workshops at all levels of bookbinding and book arts taught by recognized masters in the field.
Known for his innovative structures and extensive knowledge of materials, Kelm has exhibited his book sculptures and artists' books widely. Various public collections own his work, including the Houghton Library at Harvard University, The New York Public Library, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Library of Congress.