Wainwright Bookbinding

Photo: Carmel King

Please introduce yourself and tell us where you are from

Hi! I’m Charlotte. I’ve lived in Walthamstow for nearly 3 years now. I love it. I’ve lived all over the place, growing up in Kenya, then to Norfolk, Glasgow and finally London!

Tell us about Wainwright Bookbinding…

Having worked as a bookbinder in Central London for 3 years, in May this year I decided it was time to take the plunge and start my own bindery in Walthamstow. It’s been a busy and exciting journey so far! I have been working on a whole range of projects from bespoke wedding albums and guest books to portfolios and personalised stationery.

What are your favourite materials to work with?

I’m a sucker for bright coloured fabrics — in particular African fabrics. I love using unexpected fabrics for book coverings. The fabric shops on Walthamstow High street are my guilty pleasure… I can’t walk down the market without thinking “Ooh that sequinned velvet would make an interesting book cover”!

Image: Wainwright Bookbinding

Any future plans / projects you can talk to us about?

I currently sell personalised stitched notebooks on Etsy and am excited about expanding the range to hardback journals in a range of designs. Watch this space!

Where and how did you learn your craft?

I first discovered bookbinding whilst studying Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and after graduating I worked for a fine printers and bookbinders. I also studied a few leather fine binding courses at City Lit and Morley College. Other than that it’s just been my mad desire to keep making books and exploring new book structures that has developed my craft!

Describe your workspace…

Light, bright, busy, messy, dusty and covered in glue!

What inspires you?

Fabrics, patterns and structures. Also exploring and discovering beautiful fine bindings, both modern and historical.

What do you enjoy about working / living in Walthamstow?

I really love living and working in Walthamstow. I definitely feel like I’ve put down my roots here. E17 has its own amazingly creative community, which I feel very lucky to be part of. I discover new and exciting places and businesses all the time. Joining the E17 Designers has been really great, particularly in the busy lead up to Christmas last year.

Describe your perfect Walthamstow day…

A stroll down the to the village for a big Sunday roast with friends!