About David Sellars
 
 
 
 
 
 
My binding of 'The Word Was Sung' before it went to Estonia (2010)
 
I started bookbinding at the age of fifteen in a traditional apprenticeship doing day release at Bradford College of Art and Leeds College of Technology.  It was there that it became obvious to me that the artistic side of bookbinding was the most interesting and I moved to London and went back to college, studying full time at Camberwell College of Art and with Sally Lou Smith whose work I particularly admired.  Alongside bookbinding I also learnt chemistry for conservation and restoration and I achieved the first Distinction ever given on the bookbinding and conservation course.

I set up my first studio in Clerkenwell and was very quickly headhunted to set up a commercial bindery in Hampshire but before long I felt the need to be back in the capital, working in my own studio and continuing my artistic development.  I was invited back to Camberwell to teach undergraduates, taught adult education classes in bookbinding at colleges all over London and at Brighton Polytechnic.  During this time I was approached by The Royal College of Art to run the bookbinding department as Technical Instructor teaching MA students.  I have also taught master classes in Europe, Canada, and North and South America.

During my tenure at RCA I was also appointed Senior Lecturer in Fine Art on the Book Works course at Oxford Brookes University.  I wrote courses on the exploration of the book as a fine art medium and embraced the migration to computer generated books and books in digital formats.
 
I was awarded Fellowship of Designer Bookbinders in the mid seventies and served as President of the society for four years.
 
Since the end of the 90s I have concentrated efforts in my studio in West Yorkshire.  Here I create design bindings to commission, special designs for limited editions for small presses and publishers, one-off commissions for authors and special presentation bindings for publishers.  My work is represented in most major libraries in the world and many private collections.