Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She binds books with found and discarded papers and fabric in anumber of historical and modern binding styles. She combines these books with found objects to create sculptural works. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. She also likes to rescue discarded books and give them new life as scrolls, wall pieces and sculptural objects. Her characters, books, sculptural pieces and found items are often combined to create installations.
She is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and has taught book arts at San Francisco Center for the Book, The Center for the Book in New York City and University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books (Vol. I & II), and 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art.
In 2012, she opened Wishi Washi Studio—her own teaching space at the Tannery Art Center in Santa Cruz, California.