Muriel at the type of printing press she used when first producing her miniature books. This required setting type by hand, locking the type form in the press, inking the press, inserting individual sheets of paper, and levering the press. She now uses an iMac.
Photo by John Dunlevy.
Muriel began making her books in 1990. She has designed, printed, and bound about three dozen books, mostly miniature size 2 3/4 inches by 3 inches, on a variety of subjects. Most of the text is from outside sources; a few she has written herself. She uses a variety of illustrations, some of which she creates.
Muriel was born in 1923 in Chilicothe, Illinois, to a railroad engineer and a housewife. After high school she worked as a mimeograph operator at a General Mills sales office in Chicago. Looking for something more exciting, she joined the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1943 but ended up as a mimeograph operator at a base in San Diego. She continues to be involved in the Women Marines Association and serves as president of the local chapter. She also edits their newsletter.
After discharge from the Marines in 1946, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago. From there she began working as an art director at a textbook publisher. In 1970 she began freelancing in graphic design. She is also a member of the Caxton Club of Chicago, the Civil War Round Table of Chicago, and the Stephen A. Douglas Society. She volunteers at the Newberry Library summer book sale.
Muriel is a member of the Miniature Book Society and regularly attends their annual meetings.
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