Marysa de Veer trained in bookbinding and conservation at Guildford College of Technology where she gained a Diploma with merit in 1992. Marysa holds a diploma in Chemistry for conservators from Hammersmith College and has won prizes in restoration as well as highly commended prize for designed bindings with both The Society of Bookbinders as well as Designer Bookbinders. She has attended inspirational innovative monthly bookbinding master classes at L'ecole du Vesinet, Paris. She has also been a judge for the British Print Industry Federation for their British Book Design Awards. She runs Otter Bookbinding Ltd which specialises in printing, binding, restoration and conservation of antiquarian books and bespoke one-off bookbinding.
Describe your approach to teaching:
Marysa's teaching style encompasses the knowledge of a wide ranging styles of bookbinding learnt and practised over the course of 20 years. Marysa enjoys teaching in a relaxed and organic way that is very much student-led but which has a firm starting foundation working on the traditional basics of the craft of bookbinding before moving on to more complex projects.
What inspires your own work?
Marysa's bookbinding inspiration comes from having a creative and artistic mind with an enthusiasm for colour, texture and engineering. Marysa grew up with an innate passion for crafts and practiced pottery, carpentry and weaving before discovering bookbinding in her early twenties.