Perched on a steep hillside overlooking the outflow of Redwood Creek into the Pacific Ocean, just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, sits the hand book bindery of Coleen Curry. Originally from Canada, Coleen spent fourteen years living in Singapore, Hong Kong and later, Bejing.
Curry developed her skills as a design binder with five years of study at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado, where she was a student of Monique Lallier. Later she studied with Eleanore Ramsey, Dominic Riley, Hélène Jolis, and is an assistant to master binder Don Glaister. Coleen has exhibited internationally, is a past president of the Hand Bookbinders of California, teaches at the American Academy of Bookbinding, and is on the board of the San Francisco Center for the Book.
Coleen creates unique, personal and exquisitely crafted design bindings and boxes. “My design ideas stem from both the text and illustrations of the books I bind. My inspiration is derived from a collection of experiences, observations from daily life, found objects and the natural world. I’m always striving to improve my technique and avidly explore other crafts in order to render visually rich and technically evocative bindings.”
Curry is fascinated with contrast of texture, form and movement, incorporating asymmetry and Earth elements. She tends to work on one book or small editions at a time, utilizing a combination of traditional materials, found objects, and modifying or manipulating decorative techniques to realize the final design. Her aim is to craft bindings that provide a visual, sensual, and tactile experience.
Nawakum’s Encheiresin Naturae design binding by Coleen Curry