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  Jill Timm..... 
The Evolution of a Miniature Book Maker
by Barbara J. Hodik, Ph.D

Jill Timm has the unique distinction of being able to trace her interest and talent in book
making as far back as the fifth grade when she created her first book from boards
covered in construction paper and bound with staples. The book was a creative
exploration of her interaction with a visitor from outer space who was shaped like a

Later design courses at Utah State University whetted her appetite for making
books, and a whimsical book based on a simple handheld pencil sharpener was
quickly followed by a small book devoted to a photographic tribute to the interior and
exterior essence of a pocket watch.

She was a professional multimedia, instructional and graphic designer for IBM after
receiving her MFA in Computer Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of
Technology in Rochester, New York. Jill took book making classes at the Visual
Studies Workshop with Hedi Kyle and Scott McCarney while in Rochester. Always
interested in learning from the experts, Jill had enrolled in classes from a number of
book making masters. Listed in Who's Who Among Young American Professionals
and Who's Who in California, Jill has rightfully earned a good share of awards and
professional achievements for her work in both fine arts graphics (she's an outstanding
serigrapher), book arts, photography, graphic design, and art direction. Jill has been
the recipient of several grants and fellowships. She has work in corporate and
university collections across the United States.

What Jill began with her first book in the fifth grade has come full circle with the
establishment of her Mystical Places Press in Austin, Texas, in 1998, which then
moved to Wenatchee, Washington, in 2002. The name Mystical Places reflects her
dedication to the spirit and aesthetic of the natural environment.

Her artist books are included in several consumer crafts and bookmaking books. Articles about her books have been published in the Miniature Books Society and The Microbibliophile periodicals. Her books are included in the Twentieth Century United States Miniature Books by Robert Bradbury. And in 2004 Jill's book Ship Wreck won the MBS  Distinguished Book Award.


Professional Achievements Highlights
2005        Finalist of Distinguished Book Award, Miniature Book Society
2004        Winner of Distinguished Book Award, Miniature Book Society
2001        Recipient of a Kittredge Foundation Grant
2000        Invited Lecturer, Miniature Book Society Conference
1993        Best of Show, Annual Hamlin Art Show, NY
1989        2nd place, Fuji Film National Photo Contest
1988        Third Place in Graphics, Westwood Art Show, CA
                 Fellowship and Grant, Vermont Studio Colony, Johnson, VT
                 Honorable Mention in Prints, Santa MoniCalifornia, Santa Monica, CA
1987        Third Place in Prints, Del Mar Fair Art Show, Del Mar, CA
                 Two Month Fellowship, Dorland Mountain Colony, Temecula, CA
1981        Winner, Seacoast Magazine Photography Competition
1980        Design Award, Western Magazine Publishers Association

Selected Exhibitions
2004        MPP Artist Books Exhibition, Emory University Library
2002        Special Collections, University of Delaware
2001        Lilly Library, 4000 Years of Miniature Books, Bloomington, IN
2001        University of Albany, Group Miniature Book Exhibit, Albany, NY
2001        One Women Show, Lakeway, TX
2000        Oregon Book Arts Guild 6th Book Biennial Show    

1998-2002 Miniature Book Exhibition  
1994        Soprano Gallery, Greece, NY
1993        Featured Artist, Soprano Gallery, Greece, NY
1993        Annual Hamlin Art Show, Hamlin, NY
1991        Gallery Vista, Vista, CA
1990        La Jolla Art Association Annual Awards Show, La Jolla, CA
1990        One Person Show, San Diego County Library, San Diego, CA
1989        Peninsula Art Festival, San Diego, CA
1988        Village Arts Festival, Palm Springs, CA
                 Dorland Mountain Colony Annual Open House, Temecula, CA
                 One Person Show, R.E.I. Gallery, San Diego. CA
                 9th Desert West Art Exhibition, Lancaster, CA
                 Beverly Hills Fine Art Show, Los Angeles
                 Westwood Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
                 Santa MoniCalifornia Art Show, Santa Monica, CA
                 Ojai Art & Music Festival, Ojai, CA
                 Encino Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
                 Villa Pomerado Hospital Opening, Rancho Bernardo, CA
1987        Del Mar Fair Art Exhibition, Del Mar, CA
1984        Art Concepts Gallery, San Diego, CA

Published In
The Art and Craft of Handmade Books by Shereen La Plantz, September 2001
Miniaturebuch Journal, Germany, March 2001
The New Photo Crafts by Lark Books, 2001
Twentieth Century United States Miniature Books, by Robert Bradbury, 2000
Making Memory Books by Rockport Publishers, 1999
The Microbibliophile, July 1999, September 1999
Miniature Book Society Newsletter, July 1998, Jan 2000, Oct 2000, 2001

Selected Collectors
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
University of Utah, Rare Book Division, Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Yale University, Book Arts Collections, New Haven, CT
Stanford University, Special Collections, Stanford, CA
Lilly Library, Special Collections, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Phoenix Public Library, Rare Books Collection, Phoenix, AZ
Denver Public Library, Western Collection, Denver, CO
Arizona State University, Hayden Library, Special Collections, Tempe, AZ
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Wallace Memorial Library, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Neilson Library, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Center of Integrative Studies, La Jolla, California & Las Vegas, NE
The National Press, Inc., Palo Alto, CA
The Crockett Group, Inc., Gualala, CA
Raymert Press, Inc., San Diego, CA
Recreational Equipment, Inc. Seattle, WA
IBM, Video Production Usage

Listed In
Who's Who Among Young American Professionals,1988
Who's Who in California,1988
The California Art Review, Second Edition