I specialise in fine bookbinding, box making, traditional gold tooling, leather design and other bespoke commissioned work.
My work is produced using a wide range of materials to create unique and hand crafted pieces. I have always been intrigued by the traditional bookbinding techniques and materials used by bookbinders over the centuries. My approach to the construction and decorative technique of each book is classic with a modern interpretation of content expressed in the design.
I started my career in Italy in 1995 where I worked for 5 years as an apprentice bookbinder and typographer. I then worked for several years as a digital designer in both the print and web industries, focusing on the production of books and magazines. During this period I have established skills in desktop publishing and graphic design. In 2007 I decide to move to London to study bookbinding and book restoration at the London College of Printing. In 2009, after gaining experience from working at Rook’s Books and the Wyvern Bindery, I set up my first studio Festinalente Books.
I now produce my work as a bookbinder, finisher and leatherworker and I meet clients in my studio Paolo Taddeo – Books & Design in East London.
My background and training as Bookbinder includes also studying at the Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland, under Hedwin Heim and may other great masters form all over Europe. I also trained gold tooling under Geert van Daal at his Atelier in Holland.
I was elected Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders in 2013 and for this society I have been the Editor of the Newsletter from 2012 to 2014.
I am available for one to one teaching and tuition at my studio or for small group workshops at external venues.
Courses are available for all levels of experience, from beginners up to advanced level bookbinders. Skills taught range from simple non-adhesive binding and case binding to leather binding, gold tooling and leather decoration.
Each course can be tailored to individual needs and interests.
For more detailed information on possible course programs and costs, please contact me