Lori Sauer

Artist, Maker, Teacher

Concepts: I approach every binding individually. Each text poses its own particular structural and interpretive challenge and requires unique treatment. The best bindings, as with all creative pieces, are those with a presence about them that goes beyond technical skill and design acumen. This indefinable, elusive quality is the key to a work that can take on a life of its own and make it stand out from the crowd. As a facilitator and manipulator of ideas and materials, I let my designs grow as I work, incorporating fortunate accidents, and guiding the original concept to its completion. Influences: naive, primitive and ethnic art, travel, organic and manufactured pattern, textile / rug design, literature and architecture. Career path: My university years were spent in the USA where I obtained a Fine Arts degree in Painting and a Masters in English Literature. About 10 years after completing my degrees (spent working mainly in publishing) I enrolled in an adult education course for bookbinding and knew I'd found my metier. From early on my interest lay in the design side of binding and contemporary structures. I was elected a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders in 1996 with the aim of achieving election to Fellowship, which I did in 2001. Becoming a Fellow indicates having reached the highest standards in the craft and has allowed me to exhibit alongside other Fellows both nationally and internationally. As with any media, learning is on-going and I continue to refine my work and explore new techniques and materials. In January 2011 I founded BINDINGre:DEFINED. It is a programme of workshops focused on the structure of a binding and its use in design. These workshops are a result of my interest in how a book is put together and a wish to promote a wider use and understanding of the combination of form and design. read full statement

Location Pewsey, South West
Activities Adult education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Private commissions
Artforms Book Works, Text
Tags #bookbinding #bookart #workshops #teaching
Website http://www.beechingstoke.plus.com

News & Events

  • Contemporary Bindings on Private Press Books

    16/05/2014 – 15/08/2014
    St Bride Foundation, Fleet Street, London

    Exhibition opening at St Bride Foundation, London on May 16th. 65 bindings from the UK and North America.

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