Printmaker & Bookbinder
I am a printmaker who uses the natural pigments in leaves and flowers to create botanical contact prints or ecoprints. Simply put, I arrange plant materials grown in my garden or at local flower farms between damp sheets of paper, which I press and heat. The pigments are captured on the paper and the plants’ remains go into my compost to nourish next year’s garden.
Of course, it’s more complicated than that. Not all plants print and the colours and patterns depend on the variety and combination of leaves and flowers I use as well as the time of year. But, most importantly, all the colours in my prints come from plants – I don’t use synthetic dyes, inks or paints – and every print is one of a kind.
I am also a bookbinder who transforms my original prints into blank hand bound sketchbooks, journals and notebooks. Nothing goes to waste in my studio: print offcuts from bookbinding become note cards, bookmarks, ornaments and more.
My handcrafted books are made to be used. I seal the covers with a special Japanese starch to make them more durable
and give them a pleasing leather-like texture. I use strong waxed Irish linen thread to hand sew the Coptic stitch binding, which allows the pages to lie flat when the book is opened, and I always use high-quality acid-free paper for the inside pages.
Choose a book that inspires your creativity and write, draw, paint, sketch, collage, doodle, journal and more in it!