Karen Hanmer is a contemporary artist bookmaker, operating out of her studio in Glenview, IL. She has a degree in economics from Northwestern and was one of the eight graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s “Fine Binding” Program. She’s exhibited widely, as many art museums, universities, and bookbinder’s guilds. She uses both traditional and contemporary methods of bookbinding and is often playful with form and content. The content of the books is usually talking about history, culture, politics, science, and technology. She has a small set of books in WMU’s Rare Books Room on campus titled “Contemporary Paper Bindings” which consists of 10 small books bound in intricate and interesting ways, each with it’s own unique content. They’re extremely well done and there’s clear attention to detail. These books inspire me for my studio project in ghost hunting for a couple of reasons.