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Timothy C. Ely (b. 1949), manuscript bookmaker, found early his inspiration in UFOs, comic books, and arcane religious artifacts. After work in painting and design, he traveled to Japan and Europe with a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts (1981), training in traditional eastern and western methods of bookmaking.
Engaging techniques both traditional and unusual, from watercolor and embossing to metalwork and tooling, Ely makes books inspired by conceptual art and the mind-bending landscapes of sacred geometry, alchemy, and particle physics. His published titles include The Flight Into Egypt: Binding the Book (Chronicle, 1995) and Synesthesia (Granary Books, 1992), with text by the late ethnopharmacologist Terence McKenna. Ely's unique and editioned books can be found in museum and library collections worldwide. He lives and works in eastern Washington state.