- Born 1962, Chester, England. Trained
at Guildford College of Further and Higher Education, Surrey and a miscellaneous
trade bindery in Oxford. Established his own workshop in Culham, Oxfordshire
in 1991, and gives lectures and has various workshop engagements for
DB and Society of Bookbinders. Elected DB Fellow in 1999.
- Winner of The Bookbinding Competition DB Silver
Medal in 1996, and the Society of Bookbinders International Competition
in 2005 - Fine Binding category for professional binders.
- Collections: John Rylands Library, Manchester;
Sir John Paul Getty’s Library, Wormsley; Providence Athenaeum,
Rhode Island, USA; The Keatley Trust, Hertfordshire; various Oxford University
Colleges and several private collections in the UK, USA, Canada, South
Africa, France and Germany.
- Established and designed the first DB Website
with LettersRED in
1999. Current editor and co-designer with Mel Jefferson on
this site, 2006.
A childhood exposure to traditional finely bound books was the catalyst
for choosing bookbinding as a career but it was only much later, whilst
training at college that I was made aware of the possibilities of using
traditional bookbinding techniques in a more contemporary way.
Many binders have largely eschewed these traditional methods of working
over many years - particularly gold tooling - but I feel there are still
possibilities to be explored.
My designs do not make a personal statement as such, but I feel it
is important to relate to the typography, design and theme of the text
combined with the book’s protective box, create a unified whole.
Also, the challenge for me is to produce bindings that have a link with
in their style and make up and which still arouse the simple visual/tactile
pleasure and ‘warmth’ of handling a well bound book.’