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Manuel Mazzotti

Manuel Mazzotti Bookbinder
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Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7972807308
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The engineer of bookbinding

  • • Manuel took first prize in the 2019 International Bookbinding Competition
  • • He has learnt from some of the world’s best bookbinders
  • • He was a book collector before deciding to bind books himself

Italian-born Manuel Mazzotti is a bookbinder, designer and trained engineer who creates limited edition books, prints, stationery and installations. Not one to do things by halves, Manuel went to Switzerland to learn from some of the best bookbinders in Europe at the Centro del Bel Libro. He studied the folded, origami-like structures of Hedi Kyle under school director Suzanne Schmollgruber. Then, in 2015, he received a QEST Scholarship to study with two masters, Kathy Abbott and Tracey Rowledge, who specialise in fine binding and gold tooling respectively. Today, his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate, the British Library, the London College of Fashion and the National Poetry Library.

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Works

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Photo: © Manuel Mazzotti
I DO I UNDO I REDO

This prize-winning hand-bound book was created in collaboration with Harriet Bruce, illustrator and printmaker. Only 15 copies, signed and numbered, of this limited edition were published. In theme and function, they explore the act of emergence, opening to reveal pop-ups depicting wings, a rib cage and a plant, suggesting a thing trapped and awaiting release. The open book pictured is entitled I DO.

Width 20 cm
Length 30 cm

Manuel Mazzotti Bookbinder
Photo: © Manuel Mazzotti
I DO I UNDO I REDO

These hand-bound books explore the act of emergence in both theme and function. They open to reveal pop-ups depicting wings, a rib cage and a plant, illustrating the cycle of life from creation to destruction and re-creation. Manuel created 15 copies of this limited edition, all signed and numbered, in collaboration with illustrator and printmaker Harriet Bruce. The image shown here is entitled I UNDO.

Width 20 cm
Length 30 cm

Manuel Mazzotti Bookbinder
Photo: © Manuel Mazzotti
Custodians of the Scholar’s Way

This book cover is part of six special bindings commissioned by the author for the Chinese edition of Custodians of the Scholar’s Way published by Paragon Book, Beijing. In this book, Marcus Flacks continues his explorations into the great traditions of Chinese artisanal art. The cover design is inspired by the texture of the objects depicted inside the book, and the binding allows it to lay open flat.

Width 31.6 cm
Length 26.4 cm
Depth 3.6 cm

Manuel Mazzotti Bookbinder
Photo: © Ornan Rotem
Crags and Ravines Make a Marvellous View

This volume celebrates the exquisite beauty and cultural significance of Wu Bin’s monumental works. Manuel was responsible for designing and prototyping the clamshell box in which the publication is housed, as well as designing, prototyping and producing the 300 crown-bound books that hold the large format prints together. This special binding, invented by book artist Hedi Kyle, is created by folding A1 sheets of paper like a giant origami, allowing the prints to be detached from the binding.

Width 58 cm
Length 38 cm
Depth 9 cm

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