Kate Holland’s love affair with books started as a child living near the book town, Hay on
Wye. After a failed plan to become a contemporary Chinese art dealer, she returned to
books and ran an antiquarian bookshop before finding her calling in the guise of an HND
Bookbinding at London College of Printing (now Communication). She now works from
a converted cowshed, on the outskirts of Frome, and specialises in contemporary fine
bindings to commission or for exhibition.
She uses traditional materials and techniques
to produce a unique, modern binding that reflects the text, illustrations and typeface of
the book. Increasingly though she has found herself drawn to a more political stance in
her response to the text exploring themes of oppression and poverty amongst others.
Seeking more control over the complete book, she has also branched out into overseeing
all aspects of book production from design and layout, typesetting and printing to
binding and boxes and has recently published several limited editions in collaboration
with other artists.
She is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, one of the foremost societies dedicated to the
craft of fine bookbinding. She has books in the British Library, V&A, Bodleian Library,
RIBA, Soane Collection, Walker Library of Human Imagination and Yale University as
well as many public and private collections internationally. She is currently representing
bookbinding as part of the Harewood Biennial celebration of contemporary craft
Useful/Beautiful. She is a binder to the Man Booker prize and recently featured in a film
on BBC The One Show exploring this.