Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Distinguished Winner Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2013 In association with Mark Getty and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, Great Britain

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Water

Water

Binding for a hand printed book entitled ‘Water’. Winner of one of the sterling silver bone folder awards in the Designer Bookbinder’s international competition 2008. The book consists of a selection of poems on the theme of water in various languages and is illustrated with hand made prints by a variety of artists. I based my theme on the idea of water as a bringer of renewed life. The concept is of dried out mud containing dormant seeds. A water splash, created in sterling silver, is bolted to the book using a silver screw with a moonstone (water drip) head which appears...

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Binding of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence carried out for Mike Garbett of Bristol. An optical illusion of three pillars merging into an archway is one which has existed in many forms over very many centuries. Here an interpretation of it is created on front and back covers and, together with the single pillar on the spine, produces the ‘seven’ pillars. The title on the spine is intended to work alone as the book title but the last word also lead on to create the quotation from the Bible from which the title was based. The deeply embossed sand texture on the lower half...

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Italian Stained Glass Windows

Italian Stained Glass Windows

Binding: Italian Stained Glass Windows Another private binding carried out while working with Roger Powell and Peter Waters in 1962. Bound in goatskins with gold and blind tooling and blocking.

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The Ravenna Mosaics

The Ravenna Mosaics

Binding: The Ravenna Mosaics One of the personal bindings carried out while working with Roger Powell and Peter Waters duringĀ  1962. Goatskins with gold tooling and blind blocking.  

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam – A Memorial. Towards the end of 1966 George Kirkpatrick took part in a series of programmes for Ulster TV on bookbinding. The studio manager was very enthusiastic about the work and later gave a small commisson to bind a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The work was started but while still in the early stages came the shocking news that he had been killed along with his wife and two small children in a car crash. A small baby girl was pulled from the wreckage alive. Work on the commission ceased, but the dream remained that one day it would be...

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