In Venice

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Bound by Kaitlin Barber

In Venice
Author: Alan Stein
Illustrator: Alan Stein
Publisher: The Church Street Press 2007

Kaitlin's binding of In Venice was awarded the 'The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association's Highly Commended Certificate'
in the Designer Bookbinders Bookbinding Competition 2017.

Book bound at Studio 5 in England. Three phase disappearing spine ultra flat back binding. Unsupported link stitch secondary sewn, full linen board attachment and skirting, ¾ hollow. Canvas with toned fair goat spine from J Hewit and Sons and mixed media. Mono printed leather jointed endpapers, edge-to-edge doublures. The design is a response to quote by Ruskin "throwing a pot of paint in the publics face". The text questions how to assess the value of artistic knowledge and experience and ultimately the place of realism versus conceptual art in our society.

Kaitlin Barber is a bookbinder and book artist from Toronto Canada. She has a deep appreciation for the all-encompassing nature of the art of the hand-made book. The artist is in total control of every aspect of the work creating interplay between concept, text, and image. Cover design, hand printed endpapers, and content come together forming a narrative, influenced by the text, but going far beyond. Kaitlin is a recent graduate of the two-year bookbinding program at The North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016 she travelled to London to study contemporary design binding at Studio 5 with internationally recognized and exhibited Mark Cockram. During this time she bound submissions to the International and UK Designer Bookbinder competitions. Studying with Mark has opened Kaitlins eyes to the immense variety of ways in which colour, texture, and materials can be used to achieve flow throughout the work, creating a rich experience that is both visual and tactile.

Kaitlin can be contacted at and her work can be found at


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