Coleen Curry

Coleen Curry

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La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation

Size of binding

352 x 133 x 13 mm (13.875 x 5.25 x .5 in)


Goat leather, goat suede, gold wire staples, mahogany wood, parchment, Cave paper

Description of binding

Dyed goatskin cover with mixed media pink suede attached with secondary sewing consisting of ten gold wire staples secured with wood and parchment tackets. Title tooled in blind and painted. Text folded on long side with first page sewn to inner flyleaves allowing accordion to fully open. Rounded mahogany spine piece affixed on spine.

Inspiration came from my immediate response to the vibrancy the pochoir. Sonia Delaunay said: “Colour is the skin of the world’ so I set about to create such a world. I wanted a structure that would enable a variable reading experience, be it page by page, or unfolding the entire structure.

Artist bio

Coleen Curry is a contemporary design binder with an aim to craft technically evocative bindings that provide a visual, sensual, and tactile experience. She bound her first book in 2003 with Tini Muira; the experience was a game changer. In 2009, Coleen received her Diploma in Fine Binding from the American Academy of Bookbinding. Notably she has studied with Monique Lallier, Eleanore Ramsey, and Hélène Jolis. Coleen assists Don Glaister teaching fine binding at AAB and has led workshops in the US and Australia since 2014. She is past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California and a Board member of the San Francisco Center for the Book. Coleen exhibits internationally, has won several awards, and her work is held in both private and public collections, notably, the Boston Athenaeum and Bancroft Library. Coleen is Canadian and lives on the California coast where she crafts design bindings, and in her free time, swims and rock climbs.

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