She was born in what was then part of Poland. During World War II, she fled with her mother and siblings; her father served in the army. After the war, the family was reunited and moved to the German island of Borkum. After she completed high school, she attended an art school in Wiesbaden. Kyle was subsequently employed as a commercial artist in Frankfurt. When she turned 21, she spent a year painting in Greece. She moved to the United States to live with a man she had met; they married and settled in San Francisco. The couple later separated and, during the 1970s, Kyle studied with bookbinder and conservator Laura Young in New York City. She began teaching after Richard Minsky offered her a job teaching at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. She also taught at Cooper Union. Kyle next moved to Philadelphia where she worked as a conservator for the American Philosophical Society]. In 1987, she was invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Hedi Kyle teaching at the 2018 North Country Studio Workshops
|Education||Werk-Kunst Schule in Wiesbaden, Germany|
|Known for||Co-founded the Paper and Book Intensive in 1983, former Head Conservator at the American Philosophical Society|
Over the years, Kyle has come up with new and innovative ways of assembling books which are often based on traditional bookbinding techniques. In 1993, the Center for Book Arts held an exhibition "Heidi Kyle and her Influence: 1977-1993" which featured work by Kyle and twenty contemporary book artists influenced by her. In 2015, the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon held an exhibition called "Hello Hedi" featuring works inspired by Kyle.
- "Hello Hedi". 23 Sandy Gallery.
- "Visible Shivers Running Down My Spine: Hedi Kyle has an unstructured chat". Fine Press Book Association.
- "Inventor and artist Hedi Kyle Visits Mills College". The Campanil. April 15, 2016.
- "Hedi Kyle - The Guild of Book Workers' 100th Anniversary Exhibition - Retrospective Entries". guildofbookworkers.org.
- The Penland Book of Handmade Books: Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques (1st ed.). Lark Books. 2004. p. 127. ISBN 1579904742.
- "Paper & Book Intensive: Co-Directors". Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Senior Artists Initiative: Hedi Kyle". Senior Artists Initiative. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
- "Heidi Kyle and her Influence: 1977-1993". Oak Knoll Press.
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