I began making books while in graduate school studying graphic design. It was a natural progression for me as I was interested in designing books and loved everything about them, the feel of the paper, the cover designs, and browsing the shelves of a used bookstore. My graphic design work involved mainly working at a computer, so making books by hand was a wonderful change from this. Bookbinding led me to box making as I explored containers for my books.
Color, texture, and composition are very important to my craft. I make many different forms of boxes, books, and portfolios, but with all of them I strive to create something beautiful and inviting. I want the viewer to open the book, slide the drawer, undo the flap, whatever form of participation that piece involves.
Becky Filene Broun is a native of Chapel Hill. She has been making books and boxes for over 18 years. She received a BA from Connecticut College and a MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. She has studied box-making and book arts at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and The Center for Book Arts in New York in addition to other workshops.