Hannah graduated with a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Crafts from Brighton University in 2004. She began studying Bookbinding during evening classes at Brighton University before transferring to classes at The Institute in London in 2005. She works from her home studio in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, where she has lived since 2017.
She was elected as a Licenciate member of Designer Bookbinders in 2009 after winning first prize in the 2008 Designer Bookbinders Competition and was also awarded the Mansfield Medal for best book in the same competition. She has since won the same competition twice in both 2011 and 2013 and has also won two Distingushed winner awards in the Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition in both 2013 and 2017.
About Hannah’s bindings / work:
Hannah specialises in fine bookbinding and other bespoke commissioned works. She works with a variety of materials and objects, creating unique and hand-crafted pieces from scratch.
She looks to utilise materials and techniques traditionally used in bookbinding, such as leather, paper, gold leaf and gold tooling. Due to her crafts background she is also keen to incorporate alternative skills into her work including metalwork, textiles, printmaking and woodwork. She likes playing with colours and textures and creating depth on covers, and uses a lot of embriodery in her binding work.
Hannah wants her bindings to be appreciated for their relation to the content of the book inside whilst creating a tactile object to be handled and used. She is continually stimulated by the environment around her, she has many ideas and finds herself continually thinking ahead to her next binding.