Todays Meet the Maker is Sophie of Little Room Press.
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I’m a book artist with an active exhibition profile across the UK. My main product line at Little Room Press is a range of finely bound blank sketchbooks, journals and albums. My appreciation of Japanese aesthetics is reflected in the choice of bindings, papers and textiles.
Alongside these premium books for artists, writers and photographers, I also sell a range of unique one-off and limited edition artworks and artist’s books. My ever-changing inventory includes photographic works, prints, enamelling, resin casting, altered objects and illuminated pieces, reflecting my eclectic range of skills and interests.
How did you get started?
Informally: I’m a compulsive maker
Formally: I’m a graduate of the first year of the BA Artist Designer Maker programme at CSAD. It was a perfect fit for me as a mature student with family commitments on top. Thoroughly inspiring. Then I went on to a one year Inc. Space residency also at CSAD, for graduates and post-grads wanting set up in business. Now I have a studio at Printhaus in Canton and it’s all got a bit real 😀
Where are you from?
I came to Cardiff to study Archaeology in the early 1990s and never found a good enough reason to leave!
What’s your favourite part of what you do?
Having come to art practice later in life I feel I’ve finally found what makes me tick 🙂
What’s your favourite item to make?
Always the next thing! I thrive on experimental work and the driving force behind much of my work for sale is the work I make for exhibition. I love the way that the two sides of my practice feed into each other.
I began bookbinding as a way of presenting my own work, but I’ve since developed a distinctive style, and work to commission and in collaboration with other artists. Bookbinding is a very hands-on process, technically challenging but so much fun putting together materials, colours and designs.
To keep my magpie tendencies happy I can – and do – make every book unique, never to be repeated. It’s a joy to work with the highest quality materials from Italian artist’s papers, Japanese chiyogami screen prints, vintage kimono silks and brocades to French linen threads. It makes me happy to know that I’m creating beautiful, useful products, that will last and last.
What inspires you?
Buttons, reels, switches, dials, shiny lights… 😀
What was your proudest moment?
A memorial book for a friend. Who was there when I sold a piece at an opening in London which would be my second proudest 😉
If you could pass any law what would it be?
Lanes for pedestrians
If you won a million pounds what would you do?
Have a stiff drink