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Industry Museums or Libraries
Occupation Book artist
Location Wamberal, NSW, Australia
Introduction As a book binder trained in Sydney and Auckland, I am currently interested in drawing, print making, and all aspects of the artist’s book. My lifelong passions have always revolved around books, both making and reading, and natural history. From 1980 until retirement in 2004 (and later on contract)I worked in the Research Library of the Australian Museum and was privileged to work with the Rare Book Collection. My interest in the marine animals depicted in the 16th and 17th century natural history books has led to a series of hand made books I am working on, featuring my re-drawings of these animals. Wamberal, on the beautiful NSW Central Coast, is where I live and work, in easy reach of 7 beaches and lagoons.
Interests book arts, marbling, paste papers, history of the book, history of natural history illustration, 15th-18th century fish illustration, Australian children's books 1890s-1950s, books on book arts, reading, writing, drawing, current affairs, Australian politics
Favorite Movies Volva, The Castle, Lord of the Rings
Favorite Music Depths of the Temple from The Pearl Fishers, Smetana's My Country, classical, 1950s rock&roll, Leonard Cohen, Max Merrit, Johnny O'Keefe
Favorite Books Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding, Penland Book of Handmade Books, reproduction fish books, Tolkien, Jasper Fford, Andrea Camilleri, John Dunning, Barbara Nadel, Ethel Turner, Mary Grant Bruce, too many others...

You're wearing a sweater that stretches down to your feet. What color belt do you put on?

No belt, the sweater is already a rainbow