PARIS – 51 years old
Laurel has spent more than 25 years working in the paper, design and publishing fields.
After two years with Ateliers de Paris, in 2008 she founded the Laurel Parker Book workshop in Paris.
Laurel Parker Book is a workshop that designs and makes bespoke books and presentation and conservation objects. The workshop collaborates with artists, publishers, institutions and luxury brands, including Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Cartier Archives, BNF, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chaumet, Éditions Xavier Barral, École des Beaux-arts de Paris (National School of Fine Arts), Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Picasso and Galerie Jacques Lacoste.
Her work is artisanal and entirely handmade. Laurel uses a mix of traditional techniques from classical bookbinding and new technologies normally reserved for industrial production, with the aim of enhancing the quality and precision of the work.
She collaborates with other artisans, notably printers (etching, lithography, digital printing), gilders (Créanog and Ateliers André), leather parers, cabinet makers (Maonia), paper mills, book and print restorers and digital and laser cutting workshops.
In 2018, Laurel Parker became a member of Grands Ateliers de France, and created her own publishing house, Laurel Parker Edition.
Her fifth publication, Swatchbook, by the artist Sara MacKillop was nominated for the ADAGP’s Prix Révélation (Debut Prize) at the Salon MAD art fair in 2019.
Laurel Parker and her associate Paul Chamard were together awarded residency at Villa Kujoyama in 2019. Their work has been exhibited at the Nuit Blanche Kyoto ‘sleepless night’ event in October 2019.
The Fondation Rémy Cointreau supports Laurel Parker by accompanying her in the acquisition of an electric paper-cutting machine saving valuable time in trimming bookbinding projects and finishing paper.
Listen to Laurel Parker talk about her exceptional savoir-faire: