Meet The Maker – Heather Dewick

Heather Dewick - bookbinder

Heather Dewick - bookbinder

I first met Heather at Saltaire Arts Trail in one of the Open Houses and could have bought half her stock! I didn’t, but I did manage to pick up some very appropriate Christmas presents – yes, in May!

Pile of journals bound in tea towels - these can be personalised by Heather

A pile of Heather's journals bound in tea towels - these can be personalised by Heather

Heather has always loved reading, and has always enjoyed making things, so making and repairing books makes her happy (but not rich!). Heather’s journals and notebooks can be made to measure for any purpose – travel, garden, recipes, etc with a customised cover, or lettered if required. She hand-sews the pages using paper in the 80-120 gsm weight range, which can then be either trimmed to the required size, or left untrimmed for a slightly more “handmade” look.

Heather's small notebooks, with old (damaged, so no harm done!) Ladybird books

Heather's small notebooks, with old (damaged, so no harm done!) Ladybird books

She finds inspiration for her work in many places – books old and new, typography, pattern, words, and the materials she uses – paper in particular.

A set of Heather's journals, bound in the cover and pages of a 're-purposed' old book

A set of Heather's journals, bound in the cover and pages of a 're-purposed' old book

Heather's journals bound in fabric taken from a charity shop dress

Heather's journals bound in fabric taken from a charity shop dress

From her studio in Sheffield Heather does a wide range of work, from restoration to making books for artists and has been making and mending for nearly 20 years. Her restoration work is true to original materials and techniques and her bespoke work is pure perfection. ‘Family Bibles’ are sent to Heather in often very poor condition, having been passed around the family or stored in damp cellars. They often contain important information about a family’s history and are worth saving – Heather has rescued many. Extra pages for family information can be added if required. However, largely due to their weight and “well used” condition, they can need quite a lot of work to make them useable and displayable again. 

Heather's 'Purple Prose' journals

Heather's 'Purple Prose' journals

Heather's watercolour sketchbooks

Heather's watercolour sketchbooks

Although initially starting out as a book restorer Heather is now in demand for her handmade books. Heather hopes you share her preference for original and inspiring high quality materials, conventional or otherwise. Heart Gallery certainly does as she often uses unique hand decorated papers, she doesn’t mass produce and all her books are original and so well made. Heather’s sketchbooks are made-to-measure, using good quality cartridge/pastel/watercolour papers (or a mix). If you use a specific paper, let her know and she can usually obtain it. Heather uses a heavier weight of paper for sketchbooks (120 gsm upwards) and as with journals, cover or size etc can be your choice.

Heather's Autograph books

Heather's Autograph books

Because I fell in love with Heather’s work so much last year I booked her in for our Wedding Exhibition February 2012 and then had to count down the days until her amazing books would be on display in the Heart Gallery. Heather can now add bespoke wedding albums to her long list of many talents. Call in to see the pieces she has made for ‘I DO’ 2012 and chat to us about your special day, requirements, colour schemes and desires. You can really go to town on personalising you album. You can make it to your wedding colour scheme, or even use the same fabric as your dress. A popular request is for Heather to mount a a wedding photo (or artwork) on the cover, with the couples’ names etc underneath. Guest books may also be covered in a fabric of your choice to match. Heather can make you a bespoke Wedding Album and/or Wedding Guest book and we hope you can feel the love Heather has put into making it for you to cherish for many years to come.

Look at the books Heather made for our Wedding Exhibition 'I DO' 2012

Look at the books Heather made for our Wedding Exhibition 'I DO' 2012. The top one is our bespoke book that Heather made for us that customers are signing for us - come in and see it soon and leave us a comment


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