Laurel Parker – Design and Art of Bookbinding

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.

 

 

Will to transmit

 

  • Since 1996, Laurel Parker has been holding workshops on book publishing, graphics techniques and design at schools of art in France and abroad. These have included EESAB Rennes, University of Rennes 2, ESAM Caen, ENSA Nancy, the AA School of Architecture (summer course held in Paris), INP Institut National du Patrimoine, Pôle supérieure de design Nouvelle Aquitaine / DSAA design, the School of Visual Arts (NYC) and the Center for Book Arts (NYC).
  • Laurel participates in judging panels and conferences on book publishing, including the VAE panel (validation of professional experience) at ENSP Arles and conferences such as Viva Villa 2018 and those held at Maison Doisneau, ESAD Amiens, University of Rennes 2 and École Estienne;
  • She takes on a number of interns each year from schools of bookbinding, schools of Fine Arts and the GRETA bookbinding programme;
  • She participated in the Prix de perfectionnement aux métiers d’Art (Paris applied arts professional development prize) programme (Ateliers de Paris) by training an apprentice in 2014;
  • Laurel participates each year in the Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art (EACD – European Artistic Craft Days), welcoming the general public into her workshop for three days.

 

 

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:

Grégoire Scalabre – Ceramic Sculptor

CERAMIC

Joël Guillaume – Artist Blacksmith

METALWORK