After a childhood fascination with all things book, I studied Design History and Bookbinding at Brighton University, and have now been a bookbinder for more than 25 years.
As well as making books for sale and to commission and teaching bookbinding, I repair books, and work with a team of book conservators at the Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford.
I make sketchbooks, notebooks, journals, visitors books and albums using handmade, watercolour and pattern papers, leather, vellum and linen. Each book is bound by hand in my studio in West Somerset, using traditional bookbinding techniques and archival materials.
I like simplicity in both form and design so that the materials can speak for themselves, and try to make books that feel calm and subtle, enlivened by areas of colour, pattern or texture. The tactile nature of a book is also important to me; there is something magical about the feel of a book in your hands and the movement of the turning pages. The books are practical, made to be used and to last.
You can buy the books here in my shop, and also at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey, the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford and at Made By Hand Online. Contact me if you would like to commission a book for a special occasion or gift.
I am a member of the Society of Bookbinders, the Heritage Craft Association and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.