Bound Books

Bookbinding classes

I teach bookbinding to all ages; I run workshops for primary and secondary schools and am happy to visit schools and offer classes. I have have also taught HND students at Plymouth College of Art and Design. Recently I ran a bookbinding workshop at The Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow (2012). This was for Key stage 2 groups from local primary schools, and I taught weekend adult courses too.

I am a highly motivated, self directed craftsperson, I have a PGCE and enjoy running workshops. I can communicate and share creativity with children; build a rapport with them, motivate them, and think in a cross curricula way. I enjoy creating cross curricula activities, particularly those that link art with science. I have worked on a number of projects that link art with natural history.

Paracelsus, The Devil’s Doctor by Phillip Ball. Bound in vellum and leather with screen printed decorative device. This book featured in The Elizabeth Soutar bookbinding competition in 2008 at The National Library of Scotland. More info about the competition at the nls website below:
www.nls.uk/about/awards/bookbinding/2008/all.html

Paracelsus, The Devil’s Doctor by Phillip Ball. Bound in vellum and leather with screen printed decorative device. This book featured in The Elizabeth Soutar bookbinding competition in 2008 at The National Library of Scotland. More info about the competition at the nls website below:

www.nls.uk/about/awards/bookbinding/2008/all.html

I’ve Gone South!

I have moved to Bath in Somerset. I’m still taking orders, restoring and re-binding books, I am also running bookbinding workshops for primary Key stage 2 groups, and further education classes in art colleges. If you live in another part of the country but would like a book restored, please get in touch as you can post it to me. bookbind@hotmail.co.uk

My interest in bookbinding began in 2003 with a stroke of luck at the auction house.

The library of the Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz went under the hammer at Sotherbys in london, I attended the viewing to see the library as it was an incredible collection but it wasn’t long before I got a touch of bibliomania and I registered to take part in the auction sale.

I bought a number of books at a reasonable price and then sold some to cover my expenses. It was not long before I was hooked on collecting books on early science, philosophy and metaphysical ideas. I’m fascinated by the way people thought and percieved the world before the dawn of the Victorian age of reason and classification. It is a good thing that science can dispell people’s feelings of mystification and superstition but I think perhaps something is lost in our experience without a bit of mystery and curiosity. It’s good to be comfortable with ‘not knowing’ all the answers.

For an introduction to the library of Robert lenkiewicz please click on the link below

http://www.lenkiewicz.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=74&Itemid=55

I studied bookbinding at Dartington Hall with Mary Bartlett, and graphic design at Plymouth College of Art. I have a degree in fine art from St Martins and a post graduate qualification in Museum and gallery studies from the University of St Andrews. 

I enjoy restoring 17th and 18th century books, there’s something special about hand made paper and ‘ink-gall’ printed type. The texture and smell of these kind of books is really special.

I offer specialized restoration work using leather or vellum, I am particulary interested in recyclling the materials from damaged antique books and am experienced in re-using old leather, paper and vellum manuscripts to preserve an antique feel to the books I work on.

Prices for rebinding leather books range from £40 to £80. I also bind wedding albums and diarys.

please email for a more detailed discussion, bookbind@hotmail.co.uk

many thanks,  Steve