Tracey Rowledge


The Essence of Beeing
By Michael Lenehan (The Sherwin Beach Press 1992)
Illustrations by Alice Brown-Wagner
Bound in black goatskin, gold-tooled by 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)

2008 Cape Farewell Expedition to Disko Bay, Greenland: supported by the Crafts Council
1998  The Carroll Foundation Craft Award, Chelsea Craft Fair
1997  London Arts Board: Craft Award
1996  Craft Council: Setting Up Grant

Recent Exhibitions
  The Cambridge 100 Questions: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
Sculpting Our History, St James Palace Nobel Laureate Symposium, Science Musuem, London.
2008  Tomorrow’s Past in Paris, Salon International du Livre Ancien, Grand Palais, Paris, France.
2006  ‘Tomorrow’s Past: An exhibition of contemporary conservation bookbindings’, The Antiquarian Book Fair, Olympia 2, London
 ‘Covered: Beauty and Art in Contemporary Bookbinding’, Flow Gallery, London.
 ‘Languages’, London Gallery West, Harrow, Middlesex
 ‘Making Words’ Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
2005  ‘The Art of the Book’, Selfridges, London

  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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