Events

Lecture: A Bookbinder's Journey into the World of Leather Dyeing
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NBSS, 150 North Street, Boston, MA 02109


Leather dyeing with Nicky Oliver

The Serendipity of Bookbinding: A Bookbinder's Journey into the World of Leather Dyeing

Join us for an evening lecture with Nicky Oliver about how she combines her art education with 15 years of commercial bindery experience to expertly produce stunning design bindings. She will specifically focus on her discovery of leather dyeing and how that technique has influenced her design work.

In addition to her unique design bindings, Nicky will also speak briefly about her collaborations with other craftspeople, such as a handbag designer, upholsterer, and bookbinder Gavin Dovey of Paper Dragon Books.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Free and open to the public

The lecture will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided prior to the lecture.


Nicky Oliver
has over 15 years of experience working in commercial binderies where she honed a range of skills that include bookbinding, box-making, labels and blocking, inlay and onlay work, and full leather bindings. She owns and runs Black Fox Bindery based in North London, where she combines her education in surface design and illustration along with her professional bookbinding skills to produce beautiful design bindings, boxes, limited editions, and much more. Nicky specializes in the dyeing of her own leather for her design bindings, and this aspect of her practice has enabled her to collaborate with other craftspeople. She welcomes the unity of different disciplines to create unique pieces of work. She is a member of the Society of Bookbinders and a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders.

Event sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.