Debra Frances is a bookbinder/book artist. She is fascinated by the compact form of the book and intrigued by how it can house and reflect so many wide-ranging ideas. She is especially drawn to the quality and design of historical bindings and is always looking for ways to innovate using contemporary materials and ideas.
I am always looking to present the qualities of a book in unique and unusual ways. My most recent work uses various forms of wood - hand crafted exotic woods, logs and driftwood. The books in this collection are a collaboration between myself and Tore Vollan. The covers are composed of a variety of exotic woods including Bolivian Rosewood, Yucatan Rosewood, Leopardwood, Padauk, Bocote alongside the more common oak and maple. The pages are Strathmore Drawing paper 80 lb 400 Series - perfect for graphite pencil, coloured pencil, charcoal, sketching stick, pen & ink, marker, soft pastel, missed media, oil pastel. Each section of pages is covered with Strathmore watercolour paper 140 lb. Each book contains 168 pages.The paper is all hand torn and aged to give an overall old world feel to the book. The books are Coptic bound, hand stitched with linen thread that has been waxed with bees wax.