Gillian has bound books for the Houses of Parliament and British Library, been commissioned by artists, and recently started her own bindery within a vibrant artistic community in Glasgow's East End.
She is highly skilled, but needs specialist training to become a fully-fledged fine binder. Gillian has secured tuition in advanced leatherwork and sewing with Fellow of Designer Bookbinders Tom McEwan, workshops at the Centro del Bel Libro Ascona in Switzerland and Professione Libro in Italy, and will attend the Society of Bookbinders Education & Training Seminar.
“For my QEST Jenifer Emery Scholarship I have chosen tutors who focus on creative and modern craftsmanship with a foundation in traditional skills. It’s this innovative application of heritage within contemporary design that excites me.”