I make sketchbooks, notebooks, journals, visitors books and albums, using handmade, watercolour and pattern papers, leather, vellum and linen. Each book is hand made in my studio in Somerset, using traditional bookbinding techniques and archival materials. I like simplicity of form and design combined with the tactile beauty of natural materials, and aim to make books that are calm and subtle, activated by areas of colour, pattern or texture.
I studied Design History and Bookbinding at Brighton Polytechnic (now Brighton University), and have been a bookbinder for more than 25 years. As well as making books for sale and to commission, I restore books and work with a team of book conservators at the Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford. I run workshops and have taught bookbinding to art and design students at many colleges and universities, including Falmouth University, Plymouth University and Exeter College.
I am a member of the Society of Bookbinders and an elected member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.