Books are objects of beauty, so much more than the content within. Every handmade book has its own character.
When I create a book I use techniques that are faithful to age-old traditions and are proven by centuries of use. My books are bound to last a lifetime, thanks to stable structures and the highest-quality materials available. My papers – whether imported from Italy, Nepal and Japan or hand-marbled by me – are acid-free. My book-board is wood-free and archival. My paste and glues are of conservation level.
Creating a unique, handmade book is a process of collaboration with you the client. I put great emphasis on listening, and I love incorporating the client’s ideas into the work, piecing together snippets from their lives and tying them together in the final creation.
For example, I can make traditional paste paper for the cover of a guest book that matches the interior design of your hotel or home. I can design and lay out the contents of your memory book, as well as scanning and even colour-correcting old photographs you send me. I can incorporate a personal motif as an embossed shape in the book cloth of an archival storage box. I can use the petals from the flowers in a wedding bouquet to create end-papers in a wedding photo album. I can devise unorthodox artist’s book structures in collaboration with artists. The possibilities are endless.
You can customise the product – the colour, design, format, binding, the cover paper – according to personal tastes and quirks. But if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want, I can use my expertise and artistic sensibility to guide you. It’s up to you how involved you want to be in the process.