Lori received a degree in Fine Art in the USA followed by an MA in English Literature. After moving to the UK in 1980 she worked in publishing and as a mature student trained with Sally Lou Smith and David Sellars at the City Lit., London, from 1988 – 1991. In 2000 she won the Designer Bookbinders Silver Medal and in 2001 became a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders. She served as its President from 2015 – 2019. She teaches widely across the UK and abroad and runs open studio classes in Wiltshire. In 2011 she founded BINDING re:DEFINED, an international programme of workshops focused on the teaching of alternative book structures. Lori’s work is in collections in the UK and abroad.
“For the past few years I have been involved in a collaborative project in Malta, funded by the Maltese Arts Council. They are sculptural pieces and made from the materials in my bindery. All of the pieces have a narrative and assigned a story. The project is called SURA and an initial exhibition took place in the capital, Valletta with a second exhibition in 2022 and a third in 2023. It’s possible to view posts on Facebook and Instagram. SURA @suratanies”.