Coleen Curry is a contemporary design binder. Coleen’s aim is to craft technically evocative bindings that provide a visual, sensual, and tactile experience. She bound her first book in 2003 with Tini Muira; the experience was a game changer. In 2009, Coleen received her Diploma in Fine Binding from the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB). Notably she has studied with Monique Lallier, Eleanore Ramsey, and Hélène Jolis. Coleen assists Don Glaister teaching fine binding at AAB and has led workshops in the US and Australia since 2014. She is past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California and a Board member of the San Francisco Center for the Book. She exhibits internationally, has won several awards, and her work is held in both private and public collections including the Boston Athenæum and Bancroft Library. Coleen is Canadian and lives on the California coast where she crafts design binding, and in her free time, swims and rock climbs. 

education & awards






American Academy of Bookbinding, Telluride, CO

  • Diploma, Fine Binding, 2009

  • Instructor, since 2014

Board Member of the San Francisco Center for the Book

Past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California

First Prize - Case Binding, Society of Bookbinders International Competition, 2015 / UK

First Prize - Fantasy & Nonsense Set Book Competition, 2012 / Colorado

Second Prize - Inter-School Category, Biennales Mondiales de la Reliure d'Art, 2015 / France

Highly Commendable for Inlays and Onlays Open Set International Competition 2017 / USA

J.Hewit & Sons Award for Excellence in Design

Society pf Bookbinders International Competition, 2019

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Edges (cover detail)

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studied with

Monique Lallier, Eleanore Ramsey, Hélène Jolis, 

Dominic RileyDon Glaister, Sun Evrard