Illuminated Press is an independent publisher that crafts books by hand. We aim to provide readers with unique information, give voice to a wide range of perspectives, and explore the complexities of our sociopolitical and ecological fabric. We strive to bring light amid darkness and uncertainty. 

Illuminated Press was founded by Laura Rowley in 2014.

Based in Trumansburg, NY.

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The Story

Book Arts Center at Wells College  

Aurora, NY

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Laura discovered book arts during her undergraduate studies at Wells College in Aurora, New York. She took a hand bookbinding course with Sarah Bryant and realized a connection between her long time passions of art, craft, books, and writing. After graduating from Wells, Laura earned an MFA from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. During her final year, she returned to Wells as the Victor Hammer Fellow and complete her thesis project. 

Laura's research and community work revolve around art for social change. She is interested in how democracy and social movements have been supported by printed media. 

Laura shares a studio with a papermaker in Trumansburg, NY. She is a bookbinding faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology while teaching workshops at public schools, libraries, community art spaces, and more.


Laura is a founding member of the Open Art Hive in Ithaca, New York where free, inclusive, and recycled art-making takes place. The Art Hives Network connects small and  regenerative  community arts studios together in order to build solidarity across geographic distances and welcomes everyone as an artist.

For any questions or to inquire about a project, please send an email to laurakayrowley@gmail.com.

Check out Laura's CV here.