John Robinson

John Robinson trained at Guildford School of Arts and Crafts in Surrey gaining City and Guilds in both Letterpress & Stationary binding. He then took up a binding position with the Benedictine Order of Monks at Farnborough Abbey. He was later asked to set up a bindery in a publishing house. After 3 years he set up his own business and has been self-employed for a number of years, prize winner of Society of Bookbinders' competition for restored or conserved binding in 1995 and again in 1999. John has taught at Guildford Technical College and with a bookbinding group at Wellington College.

Describe your approcah to teaching:

Very much a hands on approach. Teaching through demonstration and then encouraging students to develop the skills and confidence to work on their own books. Studying various binding techniques used throughout the centuries.

What inspires your own work?

I get inspiration from the feel and smell of old leather bound tomes and the workmanship carried out over the decades. What important world events have happened during the lifetime of the binding.

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