Saturday 22 December 2012


Everyone have a good and peaceful time.

Congratulations to all the Studio members and students past and present for making it a great year.

Saturday 3 November 2012

Designer Bookbinders Lecture

Dear All, The next DB Lecture is TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2012. 6.30 pm. The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 Nearest underground stations: Holborn and Russell Square Admission: DB members and full time students £5, non-­members £7 Three Saturday Lectures: DB Members and full time students £14, non-members £20 Further details from Mark Cockram: 0208 563 2158 / GLENN STORHAUG ERIC GILL AS ENGRAVER & ILLUSTRATOR Focusing on Gill’s work with The Golden Cockerel Press, in particular The Canterbury Tales and the legacy of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones Eric Gill and Robert Gibbings collaborated as artist and publisher on The Golden Cockerel Press’s four-volume The Canterbury Tales only 32 years after Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris collaborated in an almost identical way on The Kelmscott Chaucer. The Kelmscott volume is widely regarded as one of the finest books ever printed in Britain, but Gill and Gibbings came much closer to the spirit of Chaucer, argues Glenn Storhaug. Their work celebrates the poet with great wit and perception, while the actual design and printing are the first realization of their shared dream: the marriage of wood and metal – a truly creative relationship between engraved woodblock illustrations and cast metal type. Glenn Stothaug will illustrate his talk with many images by Burne-Jones and Gill, as well as the rarely seen working drawings and block-proofs privately saved by Gill. He will also read passages from The Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English

Sunday 21 October 2012

Ravilious is finished.

End paper and doubler.
Detail of the above.

Thursday 18 October 2012

Birds and Printing.

Earlier in the year I and some friends got together to make a birthday gift for a mutual pal....
He is a keen twitcher.. say no more.
And I have been printing.... more about this later.

Thursday 27 September 2012


DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS LECTURES 2012-2013 The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 Nearest underground stations: Holborn and Russell Square Admission: DB members and full time students £5, non--members £7 Tues 2nd Oct 20112 6.30pm JANE ROBERTS FINE BINDINGS IN THE ROYAL LIBRARY Jane Roberts will survey a selections of the fine bindings in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, including the work of the greatest British and Continental binders, produced for presentation to members of the Royal Family over many centuries. The talk will also mention the continuing work ofthe Royal Bindery, where conservation work on the books in the Royal Collection is undertaken.

Sunday 23 September 2012

Bookbinders Collective at The Victoria And Albert Museum. The London Design Festival.

After a couple of prep days and a long night before I and other members of the Bookbinders collective made our way to the V and A.
We had been asked to provide some simple workshops and a demo.
bookbinding demo in the round.... great fun lots of hard work... more please.

Thursday 20 September 2012

At the Victoria and Albert Museum Tomorrow.

A 3 hour Demo at the V and A........ wish me luck

Friday 14 September 2012

Moroc... Les tresors du royaume, edge to edge doublers.

The doublers are hand printed and dyed with the same dye stuff used for the leather with a gentle covering of bookbinders varnish. That way there is a narrative between the outside and the inside of the book. I love the way in which the doublers join everything together.
The contrast between the doubler ( on the left ) and the endpaper ( to the right ) can be seen and I also hope the mirror like aspect.
Detail of the doubler, texture and colour.

Thursday 13 September 2012

Buried Sketch Book in Bangkok Back Yard.

One of my sketch books has been buried in Bangkok. Many thanks to Maya for the service and the pictures.

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Moroc, first, second and third gold work on.


I am not so sure how this works.. but iI have set up a camera in the studio. It is on the Yahoo Messenger site thing... The address is; Wish me luck as I have no Idea how this works....

Thursday 6 September 2012

Moroc... Les tresors du royaume, final dye stages.

Deeper, richer colours. Creating depth and texture. Gold next.

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Friday 17 August 2012

Ravilious, sanding done...

Front and back boards inked up... now just have to let it dry.... again.

Sunday 12 August 2012

Moroc... Les tresors du royaume

The leather has been prepared and first phase of the leather dying is complete. Next covering...

Thursday 9 August 2012

Moroc... Les tresors du royaume.

Before the hollow and spine piece.
More sanding.

Thursday 2 August 2012

Moroc... Les tresors du royaume.

Rounding and backing. What fun it is to hit a book with a hammer. A great stress reliever.

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Friday 27 July 2012

Ravilious... Hand dyeing the outer cover.

New book.... Maroc ... Les tresors du royaume.

Lino cut end papers, rich colours and thick, oil based ink.

The lino cut measures 60cm x 60cm.

The individual prints were printed in 4 separate colours with each impression being rotated 90 degrees from the previous.

Finally an off set print was taken from the original...... next sewing.

Tuesday 24 July 2012

summer time

A number of studio members have been complaining that it is too hot !

I would just like to remind them that only a few days ago it was wet, damp, cold and awful.

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Ravilious... Sanding sanding sanding.

After some time in the think tank Ravilious has returned to the bench.
The spine is mage up of Swiss Roll leather, the boards have been edged in hand dyed calf and in-filled. Now for the perfect finish before the last layer of hand coloured paper is applied.

Sanding sanding sanding......