My background is in graphic design, mainly in books and longer publications. I was self-taught in bookbinding and found I was actually enjoying it a bit too much when I won a QEST scholarship – this coveted accolade gave me the opportunity to study alongside master bookbinders and conservation experts in the UK, US, and beyond.
So my profession began in the publishing world as a book designer. Then I stumbled upon a tutorial on how to bind a basic book. I loved it – I’d found something I was pretty good at. After heaps of practice I realised this is what I wanted to do professionally, forever. I’ve never looked back.
I’m fascinated by the engineering of books and have an almost obsessive desire to learn and understand new structures.
I work out of a small studio on the idyllic Scottish island of Iona, (if you’ve never been, I highly recommend it; it is, amongst other things, the birthplace of the Book of Kells) where I’ve lived for over 10 years now. Iona’s landscape – its natural colours of sand sea and rocks – are a huge inspiration to me.