Kate Holland
  • by Aldous Huxley
    Chatto and Windus, London, 1954 (first edition)

    Full printed alum tawed calf with sunken onlays of neon orange leather, gold tooling. Doublures of hand dyed grey fair calf with neon orange leather sunken onlays and gold tooling. Endpapers printed image of red hot poker with neon highlights. Edges gilt with neon orange spattering. Hand sewn endbands. Sewn on 3 tapes, laced on boards, leather jointed endpapers.
  • by Clare Leighton
    Illustrated with woodcut illustrations by the author

    Black goatskin spine, boards black paper with rusted effect, off white paper insets and black goatskin onlays, title tooled in red gold. Doublures double printed black paper. Endpapers calligraphy laminated with printed Japanese tissue. All edges black. Hand sewn endbands. Bradel binding.
  • by Hermann Hesse
    New Directions, New York, 1951
    bound 2017

    Boards covered in green printed calfskin with inlaid Swarovski crystals and pearls. Hand-dyed grey calf spine with holographic lettering. Hand-coloured edges and hand-sewn endbands. Hand-dyed grey calf doublures with back-pared green calf and metallic leather onlays, and Japanese tissue onlays with silver acrylic and rollered lino ink. Printed endpapers with sprinkled graphite.

    The design reflects a passage in Siddhartha: "Tenderly, he looked into the rushing water, into the transparent green ... With a thousand eyes, the river looked at him, with green ones, with white ones, with crystal ones, with sky blue ones.”

    The layout is based on a light installation by the artist who commissioned this book. It transcribes this passage in Morse code using reflective discs but here I have used crystals and pearls instead to illustrate the text.
  • written, illustrated and printed by the binder
    Kate Holland Books, Corsley, 2016
    Screen printing by I Dress Myself

    Accordion binding of nine screen-printed gilded boards with acrylic washes and ink highlights. Gilded canvas under pierced black goatskin onlay. Sprinkled gold on edges and rear. Black goatskin doublures.

    Covers depict paddy fields seen through a lattice window. The Nine Dragons are the mythological sons of the Dragon King, supreme being among creatures. Design based on a thirteenth-century painted scroll by Chen Rong
  • After studying Chinese at Edinburgh University, Kate worked as the manager of Robert Frew Ltd, a prestigious antiquarian booksellers in London. From there, she indulged her passion for books by studying bookbinding at the London College of Printing, the City Lit and Studio Five.
  • She has been awarded numerous prizes at the annual DB competition including the Mansfield Medal in 2006. She has also been successful in SoB competitions and was awarded the Kate Thomson prize for best student at LCP. In 2007 she became a Licentiate of DB and in 2015 she was elected to Fellowship. Her work is represented in public and private collections around the world.
  • Kate regularly teaches bookbinding to all levels and ages, from the local primary school to Bath Spa University. She is also happy to take on private students at her workshop near Frome, Somerset. She welcomes all types of commission for design bindings as well as short runs, tooling, restoration.
  • Design binding is all-consuming for me. I have a great energy and enthusiasm for bookbinding and teaching it. I am passionate about spreading the word and exploring ways of reaching potential new audiences. I have worked extremely hard over the last few years on honing my craft, exploring new techniques and improving my designs. I have been fortunate enough to have received many exciting commissions and to have sold all my speculative bindings. I see being elected to Fellowship as a wonderful validation but I won’t allow it to stop me continually striving to improve - there is so much still to learn.

    In 2008 she set up the Bookbinders Collective to promote contemporary fine binding.

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