I spend all day working away in my Workshop over looking my lovely garden. Traditional methods of the Art of Bookbinding are important to me and I incorporate them into all of my work.
I was taught the Art of Bookbinding in the early 1970’s at Camberwell School of Art and Design in London. I was there for 3 years & gained a certificate in archive preservation & repair. I then started work at The Public Records Office in Chancery Lane, London. Which has now become The National Archives at Kew.
Tiring of the hectic pace of life in London I returned home to Swansea and secured a post at Remploy, Ystradgynlais. A Bookbinding factory for the disabled. Now long gone. It was here that I met my late Husband who was the Factory Foreman and we decided to move back to West Wales where my family come from.
It was here in 2000 that we started Second Time Bookbinding from a small shed in our garden. Since then I have carried on with the business and it has evolved and strengthened ever since.
Now I must take the next steps on the business ladder and design and create wonderful books that are both useful, fun and beautiful.
In 2014 I was asked to provide Handbound Journals covered in an Archive Welsh pattern wool for the Delegates Hampers at The Nato Summit Wales 2014 at Newport. They were very well received by all concerned.
You can always be assured that the best quality of paper and bookbinding materials are used, and where possible Welsh materials sourced from local mills which are both iconic and durable.