Stuart Brockman

We would like to publicly welcome our new Designer Bookbinders President, Stuart Brockman. He was welcomed into the role at the AGM at the Artworkers’ Guild on Saturday and his tenure will run from 2023 through to 2025.

“It’s a great honour to become the President of Designer Bookbinders. The society owes the outgoing president, Lester Capon, a huge debt of gratitude for his hard work over many years.

Lester has known me since I was aged 4, and one or two other Fellows since I was born, so I feel at home but also very humbled by the position I now hold. I follow a long list of great binders in this role and I’m pretty sure my Father and I are the first Presidents from the same family!

I hope, during my tenure, to encourage and support the great work of our education and publishing teams and to attract new members, and new collectors, through the exploration of new exhibiting opportunities.

With the support of the highly motivated Designer Bookbinders members, I hope the next few years will be exciting for us all.”

Stuart was born in 1972 and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2004. He has a BSc Hons degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London. Stuart set up and ran a bindery in Santiago, Chile working on a private collection between 2000-2003. He has worked with his father James Brockman since 1995 and they now co-run the family bookbinding business – James and Stuart Brockman Ltd. working mainly on early printed books and manuscripts. Stuart has worked on numerous manuscripts including early European & Islamic manuscripts; Audubon, First Edition of Newton’s Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy and The Kelmscott Chaucer.

Stuart specialises in modern designer bindings using traditional materials such as gold, leather & vellum, but has also used materials less often associated with bindings such as glass and he has exhibited these bindings worldwide. He accepts commissions of modern fine bindings as well as repair and conservation of books from private collections and institutions.