Lester Capon
  • Geoffrey Grigson (editor)
    Illustrated by John Craxton
    Frederick Muller 1944
    210 x 140 x 25mm

    Pierced vellum binding.

    The book had rather surreal illustrations of foliage and shrubbery. I picked up on this and created my own versions so the design very much relates to the images in the book.

    The underlays were made with drawing inks on mould made paper.
  • John Grice
    Evergreen Press 2001
    535 x 185 x 14mm

    Bound in red, blue, green and gold calfskin. Gold tooled inlaid roundels on boards and spine.

    Boards shaped to enhance the already elegant shape of the book. The inlaid roundels include examples of punctuation.
  • Semi-limp vellum binding with multiple vellum lacings, stained and gold tooled.

    Four vellum tapes emerge at the foredge to form 'clasps' and carry the titling in gold.
  • Illustrated by John Nash
    Cresset Press 1930
    335 x 200 x 35mm

    Bound in full blue goatskin with multi-coloured inlays and onlays. Gold and blind tooling.

    The images lie somewhere between pictorial and abstract. They do have a leaning towards the shapes and style of the 1930 s illustrations in the book incorporating trees, rain, snow, wind, sun, moon etc. I've also helpfully added 12 numbers to show it's a calendar!

    (n.b. the spelling on the binding corresponds to one of the two ways it is spelt in the book, neither of which matches current spelling.)
  • Started bookbinding in 1975 at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts.
  • Assistant to James Brockman 1977 - 1993.
  • Programme Manager for Fine Binding and Conservation course at Guildford College 1993 - 2000.
  • Self employed bookbinder/conservator 2000 - present.
  • Elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1986 and has since exhibited regularly with them.
  • President from 2003 - 2005 and from 2009 - 2011.
  • Work is represented in British Library, Liverpool Central Library, John Rylands Library Manchester, Pierpoint Morgan Library New York, Harry Ransome Humanities Research Center Texas and in private collections in UK and abroad.
  • Teaches annually at Tyrvaan kasi-ja taideteollisuuoppilaitos in Finland.
  • Works mainly with traditional materials and techniques, applied in a contemporary manner. Occasionally collaborates with Peter Jones on one-off design bindings.
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