Jo Bird

My work is essentially about creating a physical and tactile object, a piece of work that is also a book to be explored and read. I look specifically at utilising materials traditionally used in bookbinding, such as various leathers and papers, often dyeing them myself to make them gain a contemporary feel, and to create a rhythm with the book content.
The processes I use with these materials and the construction techniques are equally important. I strive for a balance of dialogue between content, structure and decorative techniques to create a complete book object.

2003-2004 Postgraduate Diploma in Bookbinding, London College of Communication.
1994-1997 BA (Hons) Illustration, Norwich School of Art.
1992-1993 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, University of Westminster.

2008 Crafts Council Development Award.
200Society of Bookbinders : Fine binding competition, first prize.
2006 Designer Bookbinders: Annual competition, forwarding prize.
2005 Mansfield Medal Award for best book in D.B annual competition.

Recent exhibitions
2007-2008 ‘Covered: Beauty and Art in Contemporary Bookbinding’, Flow Gallery, London
2007 Bibliotheca Wittockiana Bookbindings, Damme, Belgium.
2006 ‘Designer Bookbinders Competition’, The British Library, London.




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