Julie Johnstone is an artist, curator and publisher based in Edinburgh. She creates artists’ books and installations that explore visual perception, distillation and contemplative experience. Works are held in numerous collections including the Tate Library, the National Art Library (V&A), the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and in private collections. Her minimal text works have appeared in several publications, most recently in The New Concrete: visual poetry since 2000 (Hayward). She was awarded the inaugural Research Residency in Artists’ Books at Edinburgh College of Art, and has recently exhibited in Kyoto, Japan. Through her Essence Press imprint she has collaborated with poets and artists from Scotland, the UK and America, including Thomas A. Clark, Alec Finlay and Jane Hirshfield, to create handbound artists’ books or poem-objects. She was formerly the Librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library.