NESTA RENDALL DAVIES
About Nesta Rendall Davies
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"My own work engages considerably with texture, playing about with the feel as much as the look of the surface. I use manipulated paper, usually dyed or airbrushed, often alongside more traditional techniques of decoration such as blind and gold tooling and leather onlays, often including silks and linens. "
I came to bookbinding following an MA in Lampeter, Wales where the run of the library’s fine collection of incunabula and important printed books inspired me to want a press of my own. Setting about gaining what I felt were necessary skills; papermaking, printing and bookbinding, I left my first bookbinding class hooked. I enrolled to study bookbinding first at the (then) London College of Printing then at the City Literary Institute (now City Lit).
I set up business in my spare room, moving to a studio in 1997 and launched Leafwork - studio space for design binding, conservation and teaching, in 2000. Moving to Dorset in 2013 I opened my new studio in Whitchurch Canonicorum 2016.
I trained in traditional bookbinding, and these skills underpin my working methods allied to use of contemporary and individual structures. It’s hugely satisfying to work with clients and artists to find the best way to present material and content. I undertake traditional conservation and contemporary additions, where new bindings are given to books where no or little original binding is present. As always the emphasis is on archival soundness and effective functionality of the binding, along with attractiveness, and it is not a rebinding in the often anachronistic original style.
My own work engages considerably with texture, playing about with the feel as much as the look of the surface. I use manipulated paper, usually dyed or airbrushed, often alongside more traditional techniques of decoration such as blind and gold tooling and leather onlays, often including silks and linens.
Teaching is a large, enjoyable part of my working life, in adult and school education and in my studio. I teach workshops for textile and bookbinding groups across the country. My Dorset studio allows me to run more regular classes and courses on most aspects of bookbinding and book arts in an inspiring setting.
I am an exhibiting member of Designer Bookbinders and was commissioning editor of The New Bookbinder from 2001-2012.