- Studied at the University of Brighton gaining
a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1984, and an MA in
Sequential Design in 1991. Senior Lecturer (part-time) in Illustration
and Book Arts since 1987 at the University of Brighton. Elected onto
the Crafts Council Selected Index in 1986. Elected Fellow of Designer
Bookbinders in 1989, President from 1996-98.
- Work in
many public collections such as The British Library, The National Poetry
John Rylands Library and Winchester Cathedral (UK),
The Library of Congress (USA), The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Holland)
and the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, (Belgium), as well as private collections
in the UK and abroad.
- "Bookbinding provides a constant source of
ideas and challenges for me. I am continually developing and simplifying
the structures I use to maximise
the time I spend on the creative element of my work, and to enable me to
work with materials such as wood and metal or techniques such as embroidery.
My ideas always stem from the text, but I find I can have a variety of
different responses dependant on the book itself. Sometimes an interpretive
angle is called for, at other times a more personal approach seems appropriate.
The concept should also be sympathetic to the design and illustrations
of the text, the challenge being to combine a collection of ideas and materials
into a visually complete object."