10 Edinburgh… Book Artists

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Jenny Smith

Not only does Jenny Smith create some gorgeous book art herself, she’s also the smart cookie who set up the Book Artists Group in 2009. Her own books, many of which make use of a variety of techniques such as screen printing and laser cutting, are held in public and private collections including the Tate Gallery.

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Jennifer Bruce

Drawing, illustration and book art are the primary occupations of artist Jennifer Bruce, who’s books often incorporate her own beautiful illustrations. Her books have been widely exhibited and she frequently runs book artists’ workshops both in Edinburgh and around Scotland.

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Susie Wilson

Exploring and sculpting the book form is one of Susie Wilson’s primary driving passions and her work can be found at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh Fine Art Library and Edinburgh College of Art. She loves the intimate nature of the book and has taught book art and printmaking classes for a number of years.

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Lesley May Miller

Poet and artist Lesley May Miller is interested in exploring many different mediums, including beautiful book art. Since moving beside the sea in East Lothian, the coastline has become a strong theme in her work and it’s not only her books that deal with text, her ceramic pieces often incorporate her own poetry too.

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Tomoko Tabuchi

Working between Japan and Edinburgh, Tomoko Tabuchi combines photography with paper crafts and creates handmade book sculptures. From intricately folded boxes containing single messages to tiny, but perfectly formed bound books, Tomoko’s creations catalogue the mundane in a magical way.

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Anne Keith

Her background is in constructing textiles but Anne Keith has been won over by the possibilities in painting, bookmaking and book art. Having lectured in printed textiles and creating award-winning collections, her hand crafted books are tactile, attractive objects.

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Hilary Leckridge

Hilary Leckridge is an artisan with a serious preoccupation with books. Working with a variety of techniques and media, including laser cutting, calligraphy and collage, Hilary also works with a wide selection of different bindings, inspired by many different cultures and historical periods.

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Catherine Hiley

As an artist drawn to storytelling and the stories within people, it’s only natural that artist Catherine Hiley has explored the wonderful world of book art. She works exclusively with printmaking and book media and her work has been exhibited extensively through the UK in everything from traditional galleries to bookshops.

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Felicity Bristow

For Felicity Bristow, it’s the binding and creation of the books themselves that draws her towards the medium. She even set up her own business, But n Ben Bindery & Press, dedicated to making and binding journals, books, wedding albums and precious collections by hand.

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Lynda Wilson

Strongly influenced by her background in architecture, Lynda Wilson creates some gloriously 3D book sculptures. Playing with print, pop-up and perforation, she often also incorporates found objects into her books and loves playing with the opportunities the form offers.

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The Mystery Book Sculpture Artist

Of course, no discussion of Edinburgh book artists is complete without mention of the mysterious anonymous book sculpture artist who has gifted exquisite sculptures to literary organisations in Edinburgh. Visit our Interactive Book Sculptures Gallery to find out more.

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