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Gillian Stewart

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Gillian graduated from Glasgow School of Art’s Communication Design Department, winning a school-wide prize in her degree show and specialising in printing illustrated artists books. She went on to work as a children’s book illustrator and art handler, before gaining a traineeship in a small commercial bindery in Glasgow, learning the basics of benchwork and specialising in blocking. In 2018 she became a QEST Craft Scholar, studying 1-1 with Tom McEwan as well as attending courses at Centro del Bel Libro Ascona and Professione Libro in Italy. In 2018 Gillian won 2nd prize for the Set Book in the DB Competition, and in 2020 she won best Student Craft binding in the National Library of Scotland Soutar Prize. In 2019 she was awarded a Print Futures Award from the Printing Charity, and in 2020 received an Endangered Craft Award from the Heritage Craft Association. In 2019 she held a 3 month solo show at The Lighthouse Glasgow, introducing the craft of bookbinding to a contemporary design audience.

Gillian now works from her bindery in Glasgow where she takes on commissions for bespoke books, creates fine bindings and sells limited run products. She teaches students from her studio, as well as in colleges and art schools across Scotland. She is a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders and Chair of the Society of Bookbinders in Scotland.

The Long Journey by Robert Louis Stevenson
Incline Press, Oldham, 2014
Illustrated by Robin Mackenzie
Bound in June 2019
280 x 180 x 10mm

For sale: £1500.00

Binding details:
Bradel structure. Spine of craquelure dyed fair goat. Boards of watercolour painting and hand dyed goat edges, and tooled in gold foil. Leather jointed endpapers. Water colour painted and gold tooled paper doublures. Top edge decoration of graphite and blind tooling.

Design details:
The Long Journey compiles works from the author that follow the narrative of the journey of life. With this in mind, the design references birds in flight, ovum and wholeness.

Becoming by Gillian Stewart
Illustrated by Gillian Stewart
Bound in April 2020
90 x 90 x 15mm
In private collection

Binding details:
Drum leaf binding. Cyanotype heavy kraft. Foil blocked text. Inlays of handmade paper, kid skin, fair goat and cyanotype prints. Hand tooling in copper foil.

Design details:
This design was made during COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland, responding to the theme of Spring. Employing sunprints to capture the fleeting moments of sunshine, the book explores the process of an experience becoming a memory.

Graphic Sayings by David Kindersley, taken from the books of Idries Shah
Illustrated by David Kindersley
Bound in November 2018
Skelton Press, Cambridge, 1973
170 x 220 x 10mm

For sale: £1440.00

Binding details:
Bradel Binding structure. Boards of fair goat, tooled blind then airbrushed. Spine piece of Harmatan goat. Foil tooling to front boards and spine. Hand dyed and tooled leather jointed endpapers and paper doublures. Sunago rough edge decoration.

Design details:
This design references the technical guides used in letter carving and type design, which underpinned Kindersley’s playful and curious work. The symbols on the board titling are abstractions of guides used in hand lettering, and the hand tooled designs on the doublure and flyleaf are taken directly from letter guides. The most difficult part of this binding was matching up the brush stroke across the flyleaf and paper doublure, with gold applied to the leather joint to continue the brushstroke. The application of dye and blind tooling takes the look of carved stone, referencing Kindersley’s background as a letter carver, and giving a basis for playful gold decoration.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Illustrated by Mark Burckhardt
The Folio Society, 2017
Bound in October 2018
238 x 161 x 35mm
Winner of 2nd prize in the Designer Bookbinders Folio Society Set Book 2018

For Sale: £1500.00

Binding details:
Full leather binding with linen joint. Hand dyed Hewit’s fair goat on covering leather and doublure. Hand dyed, tooled and printed back-pared onlays on covering leather and doublure. All edge gradient decoration of acrylic ink, then tooled blind and with foil. Hand sewn silk endbands, with colours hand dyed. Leather jointed endpapers, hand painted with acrylic ink and tooled

Design details:
Taking as a starting point the speed of technological progress at the expense of our humanity, the design works with the motif of the circle as metaphor for wholeness, becoming fragmented and disjointed. With colours lifted partially from the plates inside the text and then saturated to bring to mind nuclear sunsets and endless space.

Stub binding detail
Elaborate stub formed of Canson Mi-Tientes paper
Bound in a matte bookcloth case
Made for BIND solo exhibition

Endband detail
Six colour endband, hand sewn with Italian silk

Al-Ula Commissioned Bindings by The Royal Commission for Al-Ula
The Royal Commission for Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, 2019
One of edition of 12
305 x 220 x 40mm
Bound in 2019
Collection of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Illustrated by James Albon
Folio Society, London 2018
220 x 150 x 27mm
Bound in 2021
With the binder

For Sale: £1500.00

Full leather flush joint structure. Hand-dyed fair goat, with hand-dyed inlays, linocut and variegated gold leaf tooling. Acrylic ink and sunago decoration on all edges. Variegated leaf leather endbands. Hand-dyed, leather-jointed endpaper, with sunago leather doublure and hand-painted flyleaf. Companionship and isolation are explored in the design. The idea of something good being tarnished, but still shining despite difficulties, is conveyed through the tooling and sunago in variegated leaf. Hand-cut leather marks add tactility and roughness to the design which echo the illustrations inside the book.


Email: hi@jujubooks.co.uk
Website: http://gillianstewart.co.uk
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Accepts Commissions: Yes