Jenni Grey

Jenni Grey

Concepts
Each of my bindings is a unique piece created specifically for the book. The text, typography, illustrations, paper, size and structure of the book all play a part in the concept of individual bindings. My approach to the book is a personal one. My aim is not to illustrate or interpret the text, but rather to respond to particular themes and ideas. The materials I select and the way I
use them reflect the content of the book. Developing bookbinding structures to enable me to use the materials I choose, and finding ways of manipulating those materials to create my designs, is an on-going process in my work. I would like my bindings to be seen as objects in their own right, so an integral part of the finished piece is a box that both extends the design and contains the bindings.Influences
Like most artists my interests are varied, I think the strongest influences on my work come from ancient book forms, medieval books and bindings, the clean lines of art deco, the integral simplicity of contemporary Japanese design, and a vast range of architectural structures and decoration.Career path
Studied at Brighton Polytechnic attaining BA Hons Graphic Design/Illustration, 1984, and MA Narrative Illustration/Sequential Design, 1991. Elected onto Crafts Council Selected Index 1986. Elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders 1989. President of Designer Bookbinders 1996-98.
Has exhibited with DB and other organisations since 1984, has work in private collections and institutions such as The British Library and the National Poetry Library (England), The Library of Congress (USA), The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Holland) and the Biblioteca Wittockiana, (Belgium).
Currently teaches book related units to degree level students at the University of Brighton (part-time).
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Location Brighton, South East