Rosy Gray, owner of Black Cat Bindery, has been a bookbinder for over 30 years.
After leaving art school she was offered an apprenticeship at a small trade bindery in central London where she soon picked up the basics of thesis and legal document binding. After working there for a couple of years Rosy decided to further her education and enrolled at London College of Printing to study bookbinding and letterpress printing. It was a great learning experience for her and this is where she met one of her, soon to be work partners. After leaving London College of Printing she set up the Wyvern Bindery with two colleagues in the heart of the old printers quarters, in Clerkenwell just a stones throw from St. Brides and Farringdon. The Wyvern Bindery and Clerkenwell was a great place to work and everyone very much enjoyed being in the new up and coming artisan area full of photographers, musicians, artists and craftspeople.
After 10 years it was time to move back to the South West and the country life she had so much loved as a teenager. Moving to Castle Cary in Somerset, with her partner, she set up the Black Cat Bindery, firstly in the old Market town centre and then, having moved to a small hamlet near to Ditcheat, Rosy moved the workshop to a purpose built bindery at her home. 20 years later she is still enjoying country life and, of course, bookbinding.