Announcement A range of exquisite handmade artists' books with beautiful watercolour illustrations and elegant calligraphy that make perfect gifts. ♻️ Orders are always dispatched quickly, beautifully wrapped using recycled packaging where possible. ♻️
A range of exquisite handmade artists' books with beautiful watercolour illustrations and elegant calligraphy that make perfect gifts. ♻️ Orders are always dispatched quickly, beautifully wrapped using recycled packaging where possible. ♻️
Anne on 29 Aug, 20225 out of 5 stars
I LOVE these little books and have bought several now. Beautifully made and packaged, they are little treasures.
Julia on 13 Aug, 20225 out of 5 stars
My exquisite little seashell book arrived in lovely packaging. A truly delightful purchase and I am absolutely thrilled with it! Beautifully designed it holds pride of place on my kitchen dresser. Thank you Carol x
Ellen on 11 Jul, 20225 out of 5 stars
Absolutely sweet concertina book with fabulous little illustrations. I bought it as a gift but am so tempted to keep it for myself. Arrived speedily considering it came from the UK and was beautifully wrapped too. Highly recommend the whimsical nature of this little book. It will make a sweet handmade gift. Highly recommend.
Deirdre on 07 Jul, 20225 out of 5 stars
Great customer service. A beautiful minature book which is as described and more than met expectations. 😍
Gillian on 06 Jul, 20225 out of 5 stars
Beautiful 😍 Arrived quickly with lovely packaging. Thank you 😊
Deirdre on 03 Sep, 20225 out of 5 stars
Beautiful miniature fold out book as description and exceptional quality. Packaging and item above and beyond expectations. I have now purchased three which have been gifted. Customer service is outstanding👏💖
Diane on 15 Jul, 20225 out of 5 stars
Delighted with everything I bought here. The service was excellent. I love the artwork and it now takes pride of place on my bookshelves. I also very much admire the artist, Carol. Will continue to shop here!
Exquisite limited edition hand made artist’s books featuring delicate watercolour illustrations, traditional calligraphy and hand marbled paper...
I returned to my love of art after a career in personnel. My epiphany moment occurred when driving between business appointments on a sunny day in Norfolk when my life was (almost literally) turned upside down by a tractor crashing into me. Such moments make you stop and reflect and I realised that art, and not HR, is what I wanted to do with my life. And so began my journey from personnel director to artist.
Scroll on a few years to the final project of my Degree in Illustration at Norwich University of the Arts. I’m a collector by nature so ‘Wunderkammer’ or ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ could have been designed for me. With exceptional access to the Victorian Natural History Collections at the Norwich Castle Museum I was inspired by my research into the collections to start using my watercolour illustrations and calligraphy to produce artist’s books. These books had to feel as exquisite to hold and as special to look at as the individual collections that had inspired them.
Each book takes about a year to produce, often longer. The initial research trips to natural history collections, local archives or specialist collections are followed by substantial reading into and around the subject. Then starts the meticulous process of planning a book. Storyboards are developed into prototypes with many changes and adjustments along the way. The paper engineered pop-ups are not only designed at prototype stage but are made in the actual materials from which the book will be constructed to ensure they work time and again within the books. Specialist paper was sourced by my local printer that would accurately reproduce the watercolour illustrations and also be strong enough to support the paper engineered structures. Book cloth samples are sourced and many papers are hand marbled to get the one exact match for both book cloth and subject.
When researching the Fountaine-Neimy Butterfly Collection at Norwich Castle Museum I was privileged to have unprecedented access to the diaries that the Victorian lepidopterist Margaret Fountaine had left to the museum. The journals, with their marbled detailing, inspired me to learn the craft of marbling paper so that I could have unique marbled endpapers in each of the books. The delicate and elegant style of the artwork with its detailed watercolour illustrations and dip-pen and ink calligraphy, together with the paper engineering, produces books which appearing fragile. But each book is slowly and carefully constructed by hand using traditional bookbinding skills and materials sourced within the UK to build an artist’s book that will last.
To date, I have produced limited edition paper engineered pop-up hand made books on the subjects of ‘Butterflies’, ‘Shells’, ‘Eggs’, ‘British Butterflies’ and ‘Tulips’ and these are now in private collections all around the world. My work has been described as quintessentially English, charming and with a vintage feel. Each book is an exquisite work of art to be held, opened, explored, and treasured.
My limited edition handmade pop-up artist's books evolve out of my interest in art, crafts and mathematics. The book making process is one of designing through making and cherishing every aspect of the books’ hand crafted manufacture.
A local company who professionally print my postcards.
A local printing company who professionally print my artist's books.
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Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
I don't accept cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Custom or personalised orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
I accept returns I do not accept returns
I accept exchanges I do not accept exchanges
I accept cancellations I do not accept cancellations
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Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging
Yes, I offer a gift wrap and gift message service - just select these options at the checkout. I can post gifts direct to the recipient - just let me know their details and postal address.
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