I was born in Brighton in 1959 and studied Art, Design and Bookbinding at The University of Brighton from 1977 – 81 under John Plummer, Faith Shannon and David Sellars.
In 1980 I won First prize and Silver medal in the Designer Bookbinders National Competition and was subsequently elected as one of the first two Licentiate members of Designer Bookbinders. A young family severely restricted the time I could devote to such competitions but I re-entered in 2003 and 2004 winning first prizes for the open choice book in both years and the Mansfield Silver medal for the overall best book in the competition in 2004.
I was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2005
Since leaving college, I have been self-employed, initially working from home while my children were young. In 1992 I co-founded Bookbinders of Lewes where I do general binding, repairs and commissioned fine bindings.
In addition to my binding work I also teach bookbinding at my Lewes workshop and other establishments including West Dean College near Chichester.
Texture is a recurrent element in my work, which I enjoy exploring, often using found objects to print or impress leather and paper. I like the immediacy of these techniques and find the textures they create very tactile.
I first developed an interest in bookbinding while helping to run a family bookshop in Hove where I came across some beautifully restored antiquarian books. These sparked an interest which led to me studying bookbinding at Brighton Art College. Starting with evening classes I then went on to study the Certificate in Bookbinding, Conservation and Repair which I passed with commendation. My tutors included John Plummer, David Sellars and Faith Shannon
In 1992 I co-founded Bookbinders of Lewes since when I have undertaken a wide variety of general binding work, from presentation work for photographers and designers to special commissions for companies, institutions and private clients. I regularly attend conferences and workshops and am an active member of the Society of Bookbinders.
My passions are natural history and walking with my dogs and my private work is influenced by colours and landscapes.
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