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The Repair Shop: LIFE IN THE BARN: The Inside Stories from the Experts

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Both volumes bound in matching but dissimilar full scarf jointed crimson and blue Harmatan goatskin; crimson, blue and grey full-thickness goatskin onlays in recessed panels edged in raw sienna acrylic.

He has won numerous prizes for his binding work in the Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition including: The Ted Womersley Award (1993), The Hewits Prize (1995), Highly Commended (1995 and 1996), The Elizabeth Greenhill Award (1995, 2000, 2002 and 2003), Finishing Prize (1994, 1996, 1997 and 2000).Sometimes a poem responded to a visual image, sometimes vice versa; many pages are more collaborative still, with a sketch from one prompting a draft from the other, worked up to a finished picture and redrafted poem once the printer’s hand has set them in their space.

Box of black buckram with felt linings, lettered in gold on grey leather set into the recessed panel. The first ‘poem-by-way-of-a-preface’ implies that this book is a three-way collaboration of the words (the poet’s) and the images (the engraver’s) and the space between (the printer/designer). A series of 25 watercolours by Emily Sutton, depicting her interest in Victorian transfer-printed ceramics (plates, mugs and jugs) found on her dresser.The main overall design was built up in gold using 2 lozenge hand tools and a single hand tool repeated over 500 times. The idea for the design was to create a sympathetic interpretation of Emily’s repeat-pattern backgrounds that feature in these paintings, using the decorative method of gold tooling.

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