Artist and bookbinder Eri Funazaki studied graphic design at Joshibi University, Tokyo. She then worked as a graphic designer in Japan, moving to UK in 1997 where she graduated from London College of Printing. Since 1999 she has worked as a designer and fine bookbinder at Shepherds Bookbinders, London where she undertakes period and modern bindings. In 2007 she became a fellow of Designer Bookbinders. Her work is in public and private collections in Britain and abroad including The British Library.
Since 2000 she has collaborated with artist and printer Danny Flynn and completed several artists' books. They employ various traditional production methods such as fine bookbinding as well as letterpress and screen-print. The duo’s work has won several prizes including 1st, 2nd and IBAT Prizes from the Society of Bookbinders Competition and the Silver Prize from the Designer Bookbinders 3rd International Competition in 2017. Their work ‘Theatre Dog’ was included in The Royal Academy Summer Show in 2014. Their work maintains a poetic stance and presents metaphorical visions of the struggles undertaken to survive in a complex world, which are often endured in the form of an enquiring little man.