Kitty Maryatt is Director Emeritus of the Scripps CollegePress and was also Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She taught Typography and the Book Arts at Scripps for 30 years. In this bookmaking class, the students wrote their own texts, developed imagery, hand-set metal type, printed the collaborative books by letterpress, bound them in limited editions of about 100 copies and sold them. They published 60 titles from 1986-2016; you can read about them in the newly-published bibliography Sixty Over Thirty, available at Oak Knoll Books. She also taught a Core Humanities class to sophomores called The Artist Book as an Agent of Social Change.
Her research interest for the last several years has been the 1913 book La Prose du Transsibérien by Blaise Cendrars and Sonia Delaunay. An article about the “book painting” has just been published by the Book Club of California. She is currently working on a grand project to re-create La Prose du Transsibérien with original pochoir and printed by letterpress in an edition of 150 copies.
Kitty has been proprietor of Two Hands Press in Playa Vista, California since 1974, where she designs and prints her own books as well as continuing her calligraphic work. She has lectured and exhibited extensively nationally. She was VP for Programs for APHA (American Printing History Association) for four years, was on the Board of Directors for CBAA (College Book Art Association) for five years, and is a founder of the Society for Calligraphy in Los Angeles.