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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.

Tulipomania by Wilfred Blunt
King Penguin Books

Bradel binding, front and back boards are edged in dyed pink leather. The board panels are hand printed and tooled paper shapes.

Twelve Months in Print by Miranda Kemp

Leather concertina structure with binders own etchings.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Folio Society

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.

Four Hedges

Botanical Sketchbooks by Helen & William Bynun
Thames and Hudson

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.

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