I make - unique Artists’ books
I write - all my own text
I produce - all my own images
and I construct - my own bindings.
My strongest work is 3 dimensional. The constantly visual and tactile surprises that 3 dimensional structures produce have made book forms a natural progression from my first work in Fashion, Toy Design and Model making. The versatility of paper allied to digital printwork, printmaking and using various binding methods all result in the book forms that I have produced to date.
My style of book construction involves the reader in the discovery process - unfolding a book’s secrets providing an environment for a memorable experience. I had been reluctant to venture into altered books. However, research introduced me to writers that have had conversations with the text of another so I have been making Altered books ever since.
Born in Luton in 1941 I did not begin my education in design and craft until after my family and continued until 1993 when I graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BSc Hons in Psychology and Visual Studies. This degree course extended my knowledge of printing techniques and bookbinding. Since then I have frequently visited USA for Paper and Book Intensive workshops to expand my knowledge further.
My commissions include several Celebration Books for private clients. My unique books are in private collections and in University libraries and in ‘In praise of beautiful books' complied by Caroline Mornement 2013 available from www.bcfbooks.co.uk
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'Artists' books are a small art gallery with visual works, texts, touchable materials including intimate atmospheres where ideas are hidden and where they grow without feeding.'