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Lori Sauer

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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 3 years I have been involved in a collaborative project in Malta, creating dolls. They are sculptural pieces and made from the materials in my bindery. All the figures have stories and a book/catalogue has been produced. The project is called SURA and an exhibition has been set up in the capital, Valletta. We are waiting for the lifting of Covid restrictions for the show to open to the public but it’s possible to view posts on Facebook and Instagram. SURA @suratanies”

The Glass Room
by Simon Mawer
Little, Brown, 2009
221mm x 162mm x 58mm
Author’s collection
Bound 2009

Glass Room book
Glass Room book

Braille Alphabet
Artist’s book, conceived and bound by binder
53mm x 50mm
Private Collection
Bound 2009

Braille Alphabet

Kyffin: A Celebration
Linocuts by Kyffin Williams
Gwasg Gregynog Press, 2007
267mm x 179mm 16mm
Private Collection
Bound 2008

Kyffin bookbinding
Kyffin bookbinding detail

Written and illustrated by Alice M Cornell
Fox Moon Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1997
Copy 72
65mm x 51mm x 16mm
Private Collection
Bound 2009

homemade book binding

Embrace Your Inner Philistine
Conceived and made by binder
3 miniature binding structures in paper
Perspex display box 355mm x 185mm x 164mm
Private Collection
Bound 2010

Embrace Your Inner Philistine

The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins, illustrated by Stan Washburn
Arion Press, San Francisco, 2012
179 of 300
239mm x 165mm x 23mm and 30mm (2 vols.)
Private Collection
Bound 2015

Moonstone Vols I & II

The Long Journey
Robert Louis Stevenson
engravings by Robin Mackenzie
Incline Press, Oldham, UK, 2014
190 of 200
248mm x 177mm x 35mm
Private Collection
Bound 2017

professional book binding

Cecil Stewart, engravings by Peter Baker Mill
Golden Cockerel Press, 1954
312 of 500
258mm x 193mm x 13mm
Private Collection
Bound 2011

perfect book binding
Topiary book spine