About Me

bookbinder megan stallworthy 
 

Ever since I can remember I've been fascinated with books, both as physical objects and through a love of reading. I studied Design History and Bookbinding at Brighton University, and have been a bookbinder now for 30 years.

I make sketchbooks, notebooks and bespoke books using handmade, watercolour and pattern papers, leather, vellum and linen. Each book is bound by hand in my studio in West Somerset, using traditional bookbinding techniques and archival materials, with a contemporary feel.

As well as making books for sale and to commission, I run workshops at arts centres and book festivals, and for art and design students at colleges and universities. I repair books, and work with a team of book conservators at All Souls College, Oxford. 


MY APPROACH

Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of paper, linen and leather, I like simplicity in both form and design so that the materials can speak for themselves. I aim to make books that feel calm and subtle, often inspired by historical book forms, and brought to life by areas of colour, pattern or texture.

The tactile nature of a book is also important to me; there is something magical about the feel of a book in your hands and the movement of the turning pages. The books are practical, made to be used and to last.

 

ochre hand bound square sketchbook with chiyogami square

 

STOCKISTS 

You can buy the books here in my shop, and also at MAKE Southwest in Bovey Tracey, the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford and at Made By Hand Online

Contact me if you would like to commission a book for a special occasion or gift.

'Receiving my handmade books from Megan was a treat in every way. Delivery was swift, and the books were so beautifully packaged that I was reluctant to open them. The books were beautifully crafted from gorgeous materials chosen and combined to produce books that are a joy to hold and use.' Kim 

 

 

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