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.
naive, primitive and ethnic art, travel, organic and manufactured pattern, textile / rug design, literature and architecture.
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.
CV & Education
- 2013 To Have and To Hold, London
- 2013 DB Now, touring in the UK
- 2013 Les Pages Bien Gardeés, Grand Palais, Paris
- 2013 Covered, St Bride Foundation, London
- 2013 Am’arts, Chartres, France
- 2013 Landscpes of the Heart, London
2012 - dbuk, Bodleian Library, Oxford 2011 - covered, flow gallery, london 2011 - Tomorrow's Past, Librarie Jammes, Paris 2010 - covered, Flow Gallery, London 2010 - Mann Booker Bindings, V & A, London 2010 - Minuscules, Musee de l'imprimerie, Lyon 2010 - Tomorrow's Past, Librairie Jammes, Paris 2009 - covered, flow Gallery, london 2008 - Blood on Paper, V & A, London 2008 - covered, Flow Gallery, London 2008 - Kyffin Williams, National Library of Wales, Aberyrswyth 2007 - covered, Flow Gallery, London 2006 - Beautiful British Books, Japan, Japan 2006 - covered, Flow Gallery, London 2006 - Miniatures, Grolier Club, New York 2005 - covered, Flow Gallery, London 2002 - Imagining the Book, Alexandria, Egypt 2002 - Maestri Rilegatori, Macerata / Assisi, Italy, Brussels 2001 - 50 Years of Designer Bookbindings, Leighton House Art Gallery, London 2000 - Designer Bookbinders in North America, touring 1999 - Bookbinding at the Barbican, Barbican Centre, London 1998 - Maestri Rilegatori, Brussels and Paris