Angela studied printed textile design at The Glasgow School of Art, taking bookbinding as a subsidiary subject. On graduating, she decided to pursue bookbinding and obtained a position at the Cockerell Bindery where she worked with James Brockman for two years, leaving for a brief spell to work in a famous Bath restaurant before re-joining James to help set up The Eddington Bindery. After 4 years there, she left to set up her own studio, first in Oxfordshire and then moving to North Yorkshire. Angela’s work focuses on design binding and artist’s books. She rarely uses ready-dyed leathers, preferring to dye them herself which gives her a much wider palette of colours. Angela’s recent work has explored the whole book from the printing to finished binding, using etching and letterpress. Living in rural North Yorkshire, her large garden and the surrounding countryside are a constant inspiration. She has organised the binding of the Booker Prize Shortlist since 1991 and also takes her turn at binding for the Booker.
Angela became a Fellow of DB in 1975 and was the President of Designer Bookbinders from 1990 – 1996. She won the Thomas Harrison Memorial Prize for Bookbinding (the forerunner of DB’s Bookbinding Competition) and Forwarding Prize in the Prix Paul Bonet and was selected for the Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers. She recently took part, as one of the selectors, in the Crafts Council’s first exhibition, The Maker’s Eye, when the gallery re-opened in 2021. She has bindings in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Royal Library of Sweden, The Royal Library in Copenhagen, The British Library, The V & A and libraries in North America and Australia.
Her publications include: ‘The Art of Binding Books’, The Fleece Press, 1991 and ‘The Handmade Book’, New Holland, 2000, co-editor of ‘The Bindings of Trevor Jones’ and she is a regular contributor to The New Bookbinder.