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'I love the alchemy that happens when you make a book and with my own designs I hope to create some wonder for anyone who comes across them.'

Hanbury Press is a small independent press and bindery founded by artist book-binder Kate Rochester, named after a studio on Hanbury Street in London's East End where the press started in 2004. The press produces bespoke bindings and limited editions using traditional crafts such as hand-binding and hand-printing/painting methods.


Kate spent her childhood in Devon before moving to London to study art history. After completing her BA she studied book-binding at the London College Of Printing. Later she joined the bookbinding team at the Wyvern Bindery, as well as studying master classes at Studio 5 Book Arts studio in Barnes. Her passion for travel, craft and paper resulted in further research in India, Nepal, Thailand and Japan. Kate currently works on commission and runs her independent press from her studio located in East London. Commissions include bespoke bindings for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Diana Athill, Alan Garner and Cynan Jones. In 2022, Kate became a QEST scholar after completing a year's study in design binding. In 2023 she was awarded the Lisa Von Clemm prize for Best Newcomer in the Designer Bookbinders UK competition. She is currently a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders.


Kate regularly teaches Book Arts at the London Centre Of Book Arts and Citylit in London. The Hanbury Press website is where Kate showcases her projects. It is also a point of contact should anyone have any book projects, commissions or teaching opportunities that they would like to discuss. 


© Photographer Toby Glanville

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