'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 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 limited edition books and hand-printed papers using traditional crafts such as hand-binding methods and specialising in fables, poetry and illustration.
Kate spent her childhood in Devon before moving to London to study art history at East London University. After completing her
BA she studied book-binding at the London College Of Printing and set up a small business under her name making hand-made books, cards and collage paintings, selling them through London shops and markets during the nineties. Later she joined the professional team at the Wyvern Bindery, a busy bindery in the heart of London as well as studying master classes at Studio 5 Book Arts studio in Barnes. Her passion for travel, craft and paper resulted in further study in India, Nepal, Thailand and Japan. In 2022, Kate was rewarded a years scholarship with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to study further master classes in Design Binding.
The Hanbury Press website is where Kate showcases her projects and share tales of inspiration. 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
© Photography Toby Glanville 2020