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).
CV & Education
2011 - DB UK Tour, The Scheideman Gallery, Hull History Centre, Dean Clough Galleries, Newcastle City Library, Bodleian Library, The John Rylands Library., London, Hull, Halifax, Newcastle-Upon Tyne, Oxford, Manchester.
2009 - Bound for Success, The Bodliean Library, Oxford
2008 - Celebrating Socialism, The House of Lords, London
2008 - Kyffin, a Celebration, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2006 - Beautiful British Books a touring Exhibition, Ashikiga Museum of Art, Koriyama City Museum, Chiba City Museum, Japan
2006 - The Neale Albert Collection of Miniature Bindings, The Grolier Club, New York
2005 - Covered, the first year of an annual exhibition, The Flow Gallery, London
2004 - Designer Bookbinders, Biblioteca Wittockiana, Brussels, Belgium
2002 - Inspirations,, The Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland
2001 - Celebrating 50 years of Designer Bookbinders, Leighton House, London
2000 - Designer Bookbinders in North America, a touring exhibition visiting such venues as The Folger Library, Washington
1999 - Designer Book Binders at the Barbican, Foyer Showcases, The Barbican Centre, London
1999 - On the Level, Open House, Brighton Festival, Brighton
1998 - L'Infinito, International Touring Exhibition; Italy, Europe, USA, Hong Kong, Japan
1996 - Crossed Structure Bindings, Librairie August Blaizot, Paris
1995 - Binding the Bard, The Shakespeare Birth Place Centre, Stratford
1995 - Designer Book Binders, The Economist Building, London
1995 - The Tregaskis Exhibition, Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield and Southerans, London
2004 - The Book of Gospels, Winchester Cathedral, England
2011 - Jamrach's Menagerie, Man Booker, London
2009 - The Encyclopedia of Textiles, The Clothworker's Company, London
2005 - On Beauty, Man Booker, London
Competitions, prizes and awards
2009 - Getty Award, Bodleian Library in association with Designer Bookbinders, Oxford
2009 - Design Basics, article in The New Bookbinder Journal Vol 29
2006 - Progress Making, article in The New Bookbinder Journal Vol 26