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Miranda Kemp


Miranda graduated from Oxford Polytechnic with a degree in Visual Studies and History of Art, during which she was first introduced to bookbinding. After a short career in visual merchandising and a much longer career teaching art to children, Miranda came back to bookbinding.

She has been a student at Studio 5 with Mark Cockram for many years. Miranda is also a keen printmaker using a variety of printing methods including etching, linocut and monotype. She uses her prints for endpapers, book covering and artists’ books.

She was elected as a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders in 2022 and has won several prizes for her books. Miranda’s bindings are held in several private collections and also at the British Library. She now spends her time working on fine bindings for competitions and commissions. She is looking forward to new projects and the opportunities that becoming a Licentiate will bring.

Love Poems
Edited BY Imtiaz Dharker
Illustrated by Mikki Lee
The Folio Society, 2022
175 x 253 x 30 mm
Bound 2023
Private Collection

Full leather binding in Harmatan crimson leather with a full back-pared pink leather onlay with punched out heart shapes.
Gold leaf covered leather hearts sprinkled through the design.
Continuous link stitch with linen board attachment.
Foil edge decoration, silk sewn endbands.
There are crimson paper endpapers and doublures with gold leaf decoration.

Hearts are the symbol of romantic love. The shape we all call a love heart, the shape that represents love, romance and affection. A very obvious choice for a couple of poems!

Winner of The Mansfield Medal in the DBUK 2023 Competition and The Folio Society 1st Prize for Set Book in the DBUK 2023 Competition.

The Poetical Ark by Silver Read
Wood Engravings by H. Weissenborn
Acorn Books For Children 1946, first edition
190 x 125 x 12 mm
Bound 2023

For Sale £ 420

Flat back binding, covered in off-white alum-tawed goatskin, with brown goatskin back-pared onlays, tooled in white foil. Endpapers and doublures of traditional Islamic paper made in India from sunn hemp fibre. Endbands of rolled hemp paper, and joints of brown goatskin leather.

The design on the binding reflects marks found in the dynamic wood engravings which illustrate land, sea and air.

Summer Shadows
Artists book illustrated and produced by Miranda Kemp
Unique copy
180 x 134 x 90 mm
Bound 2023

Clothworkers Company 1st prize for Open Choice DBUK 2023 Competition

Summer Shadows is a drum-leaf binding of a series of my own prints, printed on Somerset paper on single pages, with a flush pop-out spine, and patterned paper spine lining. The images are spit bite aquatint etchings created from photographs of the shadows cast by flowers growing in my garden. The cover is an etching printed on Kozo layered onto Nepalese Lokta paper, and is tooled in pale green and gold foil.

Wings Take Us by Phil Madden and Paul L Kershaw
Ghrapho Editions, Edition Number 80 of 130, 2009
270 x 195 x 10mm
Bound 2024

For Sale: £980

Minimalist tight flat back binding. Decorated paper panels in leather edged framed boards. The paper panels consist of hand printed tissue and paper laminated and decorated with coloured foils, using handmade tools.

The poems and illustrations in Wings Take Us are a synthesis of words and images. The design is inspired by the visual themes throughout the book.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Folio Society, 2018
222 x 144mm
Bound 2020
Private Collection

Bradel Binding. The design ideas are drawn from imagery of the hot Californian sun beating down on farm buildings. The front and back boards are made up strips of spirit-dyed fair goat. The spine is natural fair goat tooled in gold using a handmade tool.
The Folio Society 1st Prize for the Set Book in the Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2020/2021.

Twelve Months in Print by Miranda Kemp

Leather concertina structure with binders own etchings.

Botanical Sketchbooks by Helen Bynum and William Bynum
Thames and Hudson, 2017
270 x 200 x 30mm
Bound 2020

Bradel binding. The front and back board coverings are panels of laminated layers of hand printed Japanese tissue. They are tooled with coloured foil. The spine is made up of kraft paper and vellum with leather at the head and tail.
Sketchbooks are often made up of notebooks, journals, albums, loose pieces of paper, works on vellum and manuscripts. This has informed my choice of covering for this binding.
Distinguished Winner of the International Designer Bookbinder Competition 2022.

Tulipomania by Wilfred Blunt
King Penguin Books, 1950, First Edition
182 x 120 x 10mm
With Binder

Ultra flat back bradel binding. The front and back boards are edged in spirit dyed pink leather with panels decorated in hand printed and foil tooled paper shapes. Tulipomania documents the rise in popularity of the tulip since the 16th Century. The design reflects the shapes and colours found in the illustrations in the book.
Winner of the Highly Commended Prize in the Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2020/2021.

The Observer’s Book of Wild Flowers, Compiled by W.J Stokoe
Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd

Full leather binding with spirit-dyed back-pared inlays and gold tooling.


Email: mirandakemp66@gmail.com
Instagram: @kemp.miranda
Accepts Commissions: Yes