I’m Hannah Brown, a bookbinder working from my home studio in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, where I have lived since 2017. I specialise in fine bookbinding and other bespoke commissioned works. I work with a variety of materials and objects, creating unique, hand-crafted pieces from scratch.
I studied Three Dimensional Crafts at Brighton University, taking bookbinding evening classes at the same time. When I graduated, I transferred to classes at The Institue in London.
After winning first prize and the Mansfield Medal in the 2008 Designer Bookbinders Competition, I was elected as a Licentiate member in 2009. I have since won the competition twice more (in 2011 and 2013) and have also won two distinguished winner awards in the Designer Bookbinders
International Bookbinding Competition (in 2013 and 2017).
I favour materials and techniques traditionally used in bookbinding, such as leather, paper, gold leaf and gold tooling. With my crafts background, I am also keen to incorporate alternative skills into my work, including metalwork, textiles, printmaking and woodwork. I like playing with colours and textures to create depth on my covers and use a lot of embroidery in my binding work.
I want my bindings to be appreciated for their relation to the content of the pages inside, whilst simultaneously creating a tactile object to be handled and used. I am continually stimulated by the environment around me and find myself always thinking ahead to the next binding!