Who? Kate Holland
Where? Frome, Somerset
Kate uses traditional materials and techniques to produce unique bindings that enhance and reflect the text, illustrations and typeface of any subject matter she works with. Each hand-designed and bound book is an artwork in its own right.
For Useful/Beautiful, Kate has created a new work, a facsimile of the working sketchbook of the master plasterer Joseph Rose (1745–99), held in the archives at Harewood. Rose worked with the architect Robert Adam on the plasterwork ceilings, some of the finest examples of which exist at Harewood House. Copies will be available in the shop.
‘As a species, we have evolved to handle tools but, as we remove ourselves further from the handmade, we are losing a connection with what makes us human.’
A Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Kate is dedicated to the craft of fine bookbinding and has books in the British, Bodleian and Yale University Libraries as well as many public and private collections internationally.
In addition, Kate has developed a range of notebooks called Adam and Eve, inspired by Epstein’s Adam in the Entrance Hall at Harewood House, in collaboration with a local paper marbler. These will also be on sale in the Harewood shop throughout the exhibition.