Tracey Rowledge


I use the processes and skills associated with bookbinding and gilding, to enable me to have a dialogue with mark-making.  The source material for the wall panels and book are either found images such as notes and lists, or they are images I’ve created myself.  My re-creations aim to evoke the same speed or spontaneity of movement as the original marks, yet they are made by the distinctly non-gestural process of, for example, gold tooling on leather.  I'm always aiming in the meaning of my work, for the content to pivot on the way it has been made.

Born 1970

1989-92 Goldsmiths' College BA (Hons) Fine Art, (Upper Second).
1988-99 Epsom School of Art & Design Pre BA Foundation (Distinction).
1993-95 Guildford College of F & HE Diploma: Fine Bookbinding & Conservation (Distinction).

1998 The Carroll Foundation Craft Award, Chelsea Craft Fair.
1997 London Arts Board: Craft Award
1996 Craft Council: Setting Up Grant

Recent exhibitions
2006 Tomorrow’s Past: An exhibition of contemporary conservation bookbindings, The Antiquarian Book Fair, Olympia 2, London.
2006 Covered: Beauty and Art in Contemporary Bookbinding, Flow Gallery, London.
2006 Languages: London Gallery West, Harrow, Middlesex.
2006 Making Words: Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
2005 The Art of the Book, Selfridges, London.

2006 The British Library commissioned a bookbinding of Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story by Paul Auster.

Public Collections
The British Library, London; The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh; The National Art Library, V & A.





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