Kathy Abbott

Kathy Abbott

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La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation

Size of binding

Length x Width x Depth: 366 x 105 x 28.5 mm (14.4 x 4.1 x 1.1 in)


Alum-tawed goatskin, multi-coloured goatskin onlays, Saunders Waterford paper, magnets

description of binding

A white leather-covered three-flap enclosure, held closed with magnets. My inspiration for this binding came from the poem: cold, white, snowy Siberian weather, naivety of adolescence and the many references to wheels and circles. I wanted to convey the feeling of the movement of the train along with the fragmented reminiscences of the poet. The colours of the onlays were taken from the pochoir, and the image starts with a red semi-circle and ends with yellow one; this was taken from this line of the poem: “if I were a painter, I would pour a lot of red and yellow at the end of this journey.”
—Kathy Abbott

artist bio

Kathy Abbott served a four-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained a Higher National Diploma from the London College of Printing, UK followed by a BA (Hons) degree in Bookbinding from Roehampton University, UK. She teaches advanced level Fine Binding in London and conducts bookbinding workshops across the UK and overseas. She is a partner in Benchmark Bindery, along with Tracey Rowledge; a founder member of the group: Tomorrow’s Past and is the author of Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010. Her work is held in both private and public collections, including The British Library, London, and her work is exhibited widely.



Prospective buyers: please contact Kitty Maryatt at twohandspress@gmail.com. Books purchased will be delivered to the purchaser at the end of the touring exhibition.


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