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Amy Kitcherside


Amy graduated from University College Falmouth with a degree in Illustration in 2010. She has worked as an Illustration agent since 2013, while pursuing her love of bookbinding in her spare time.

She has taken various courses over the years, first studying with Nicky Oliver, and later learning vellum and fine binding with Kathy Abbott at City Lit. She now runs beginners bookbinding workshops at Cockpit Arts, Deptford with paper marbler Lucy McGrath of Marmor Paperie. Amy was elected to Licentiateship of Designer Bookbinders in 2022.

An active member of the Society of Bookbinders, she is on the London & South committee and is co-organising the SoB International Competition 2022.

Designer Bookbinders UK Competition 2021 ‘Harmatan & Oakridge Prize for Sympathetic Handling of Leather’

The Society of Bookbinders International Competition 2019 ‘The Wyvern Bindery Award for Best Newcomer’

Lost in the Woods… but guided by the moon
Bound in January 2021

Bound in hand-dyed goatskin, tooled with gold leaf. Endpapers have been painted in acrylic, with the same shade used for edge decoration. Hand-sewn silk endbands. The leather was dyed creating ‘puddles’ of water and ink, resulting in a sense of fluidity and movement.

The aim was to re-create the smoke captured by photographers Fox & Owl, with a whisper of gold ‘dust’ adding a whimsical element. The rich green and soft pink tones echo the photographs featured in the book.

A Gathering of Leaves
Bound in August 2021

Hand-dyed goatskin with gilt decoration evoking autumn leaves falling and catching the light. Head is rough-edge gilded in matching gold leaf. Hand-dyed silk endbands.

A series of unique monoprints inspired by local woods are mounted onto stubs and sewn. Endpapers are also monoprints, giving a sense of entering into woods.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Victor Gollancz Ltd, First Published 1938
Bound in May 2019

Bound in vellum, the cover has been hand tooled with renaissance gold and painted with acrylic, representing sparks of fire, ash and soot sweeping across the book. This imagery is repeated in the hand printed endpapers.

The design was inspired by the final sentence in the novel, ‘and the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea’.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Folio Society 2018
Bound in January 2021

Inspired by the book’s illustrations, I decided to experiment with linocut for the cover. The front illustration has warm, golden tones, conveying the hope the characters have for the future. The back depicts the same wheat field but with clouds rolling in, evoking the darker side of the novel.

Hand-dyed linen thread and a Coptic binding allow the cover artwork to be displayed across the full size of the boards. The unique mark-making of the linocut creates a feature of the spine and bridges the two sides of the work.


Email: amykitcherside@gmail.com
Website: www.theidlebindery.co.uk
Instagram: @theidlebindery
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Accepts Commissions: Yes