I made my first book in 1986. It was an alphabet book. I was six years old.
Ever since, creating things has been a central part of my life. How things work has always held a fascination for me. I loved to combine materials and processes in an unconventional way, so when I studied at the National College of Art and Design I was drawn to printmaking as it was the perfect union of creativity and mechanics.
In 2003 an American bookbinder came to the college and gave a module in bookbinding. I was hooked. I applied for an internship that summer at the prestigious Center for Book Arts in New York and spent three months as an apprentice to Roni Gross.
I have been binding books ever since and along the way have trained with the Society of Bookbinders (UK), Frauke Schroeder (Berlin), West Dean College (UK) and volunteered with the Paper Conservation Department in the National Gallery of Ireland.
The beauty of bookbinding for me is that I can use traditional techniques that remain unchanged for centuries, while combining them with a contemporary design and my own artistic innovation.
I am a member of the Society of Bookbinders (UK), the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, the Graphic Studio Dublin and Visual Artists’ Ireland.