Jo Bird
  • Poetry by Crozier, James and Phillips
    bound 2006

    Full leather binding in black goatskin. Leather on front and back and inside of boards is cut away in shapes that mimic the text inside to reveal printed illustrations on paper that relate to the images inside the book. Hand printed by silkscreen.
  • by William Shakespeare
    Miniature binding: 70 x 50mm
    bound 2006

    Dark grey reversed leather binding with lettering design on front and back boards printed by hand in layers on Adana printing press with lead type. Hand printed red end papers and printed leather doublures. Red silk headbands. Design of quotes runs around the boards and inside the book.
  • bound 2004

    Bradel binding structure. Black leather goatskin spine and leather board edges. Inlay paper design on front and back boards. Silkscreen printed paper with sections of Coleridge's handwriting. Paper dust jacket with text design printed by hand on Adana press with lead type. Hand sewn silk headbands designed to connect to edge decoration.
  • bound 2005

    The book is bound in reversed green goatskin. Full linen board attachment. Hand sewn green silk headbands. Chemise is made from paper covered in hand dyed sheepskin. The lettering design is formed with various fonts hand tooled with black carbon.
  • Studied Illustration and Graphic design at Norwich School of Art, gaining a BA (Hons) in 1997.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Bookbinding at London College of Communication 2004.
  • Has worked in various trade binderies in London 2000-5, including Shepherds Bindery and Bernard Quaritch.
  • Since 2005 has been self employed working on commissions for fine bindings, printing of own artists books and bespoke box making.
  • Elected a Licentiate in 2006 after winning First Prize and Mansfield Silver Medal in The Bookbinding Competition 2005.
  • Elected Fellow of DB in 2010.
  • Other awards include Forwarding prize in the 2006 Competition.
  • Work held in private collections in UK, including The British Library, and the USA.
  • It is important to me to bind a given book with great respect for the contents. My aim is to entice and excite the reader into the book, and to achieve harmony between design and function. Through my designs I look to convey an essential element of the book, and for my design to become a natural extension of it.

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