- Began binding books in 1949. Royal College
of Art 1951-54 (Roger Powell tutor). Worked with Sydney Cockerell
1957-61. President of Designer Bookbinders 1977-79. A founder
and editor of 'The New Bookbinder' 1980-95. Has lectured and exhibited
in many countries. Winner of several international Gold and Silver Medals.
Awarded MBE for services to art, 2000. British Library National Life
Story Archive, 2004.
- Responsible for many technical and artistic
innovations and some inventions under patent: e.g. the Lap-back book
structure. Moving beyond the decorative tradition he has created an original
and unique style and approach to the book aiming at psychological and
philosophical truth through visual metaphor and revisions of book structure,
mainly using several forms of 'maril' with structured but organic designs,
pointing at Non-Duality. Works incorporate sculptured containers, found
objects, painted 'texts' and word play with titles. Has worked and exhibited
in several art mediums.
- Published books include 'New Directions in
Bookbinding', 'The Book: Art & Object'; features in many books, encyclopaedias,
articles, catalogues and in the media. His work records are being assembled
for publication as 'A Book Art: Concept and Making'.
- Artist and technical innovator developing
feathered onlays, marbled inlaid leather (maril), the book-wall, sculptured
covers and containers, new methods of book structuring etc., while emphasising
the relevance of the visual imagery to the text. International publicist
for modern bookbinding.