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Kaori was born in Japan but spent most of her childhood in Singapore. After returning to Japan, she went on to study at the Tama Art University in Tokyo graduating in 1993. An apprenticeship followed in theatre and costume design working with a renowned costume designer. In 1997 she spent four years working as a curator, travelling extensively around Japan, discovering and mentoring new artists and organising exhibitions for them.

During this period, her parents lived in Asia, America and Europe. In 2001, while her parents were living in London, Kaori visited the UK. During this trip she enrolled on a bookbinding course with Midori Kunikara-Cockram at Jade Studio and later with Mark Cockram at Studio 5. Following this and deciding to stay in the UK, she took a place at Camberwell University of Art where she studied print making and graduated with a MA in 2005. Returning to bookbinding full time in 2006, Kaori is now working at the Wyvern Bindery in London and she undertakes private commissions. In 2008 she was elected as a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders. Her work has won many prizes and she has books in private collections in the USA and the UK.

Grants and Awards

•2018 The Bookbinding Competition
- Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems: Second Prize for the Clothworkers’ Prize for the Open Choice Book
- George Herbert, Sundrie Pieces: Highly Commended by Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association
•2017 DB International Competition
- The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter: Prize for Oxford University Students' Choice
•2016 The Bookbinding Competition
- Vita Nuova: Second Prize for The Folio Society Prize for the Set Book
•2015 The Bookbinding Competition
- The Texture of the Universe: First Prize for The Clothworkers’ Prize for Open Choice Book
- Princes and Castles: The J. Hewit & Sons Prize
- Nineteen Eighty-Four: Finishing Prize by St Bride Foundation
•2013The Bookbinding Competition
- The Romantics in Wales: The Ash Rare Books Lettering Award
•2009The Bookbinding Competition
- Through the Woods: The Mansfield Medal for Best Book in the Competition and First Prize (The Clothworkers’ Prize for Open Choice Book)
•2008The Bookbinding Competition
- A Book for Mediterranean Food: Second Prize (Folio Society Prize for the set book)
•2007The Bookbinding Competition
- Farmhouse Cookery: Second Prize (The Clothworkers' Prize for Open choice book)
- The Somme: The Judges' Award (Donated by Maggs Bros)
•2006The Bookbinding Competition
- Second Prize (Folio Society Prize for the set book)
•2005 / 2006Artist in residency, Intaglio Printmaker
•2005The Society of Bookbinders International Competition 2005
- Second prize: Cased Binding Category
•2005MA printmaking final show in Camberwell College of arts - Prize: Zenith Corporate Communications Ltd.
•2003The Bookbinding Competition 2003
- Prize: Highly Commended Certificates (sponsored by Designer Bookbinders)
•1994Year scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Japan - Theatre mask Design and Production


•2017Collect 2017 by Crafts Council at Saatchi Gallery, London
•2012Brush Up your Shakespeare, The John Rylands Library. Manchester
•2011 DBUK tour, Newcastle City Library. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne / Bodleian Library. Oxford / The John Rylands Library. Manchester
•2011 DBUK tour, The Schneideman Gallery. London / Hull History Centre. Hull / Dean Clough Galleries. Halifax
•2011 Africa Boards project, The Olympia Exhibition Centre. London
•2010The Bookbinding Competition 2010, The John Rylands Library. Manchester
•2010 Designer Bookbinding, The Schneideman Gallery. London
•2009 The Bookbinding Competition 2009, The John Rylands Library. Manchester
•2009Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2009, The Bodleian Library. Oxford / Boston Public Library. USA
•2008The Bookbinding Competition 2008, The John Rylands Library. Manchester
•2007The Bookbinding Competition 2007, The John Rylands Library. Manchester
•2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012Flow Gallery. London
•2006 The Book binding Competition 2006, The British Library. London
•2006Hot off the press -Curwen&New Academy Gallery. London
•2005The bookbinding Competition 2005, The British Library. London
•2005 Society of Bookbinders International Competition 2005, Central Library. Manchester / George Bayntuns. Bath (August) Barbican Library. London (September)
•2005PrintExchange Exhibition -EWHA Woman’s University. Seoul, South Korea
•2005Seoul international Book arts Fair, Coex Hall. Seoul, South Korea
•2004The Bookbinding Competition 2004, The British Library. London
•2004Print Exchange Exhibition -EWHA Woman’s University. Seoul, South Korea
•2004‘Rendezvous’, Salon des Arts. London
•2003The Bookbinding Competition 2003, The British Library. London
•2003Japan & England Print exchange exhibition. Tokyo
•2002The Bookbinding Competition 2002, The British Library. London


•2015 Christie’s International Real Estate magazine (PDF)
•2010 Yomiuri Newspaper Europe / in Japanese (PDF)
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KAORI MAKI Yomiuri Press
Article in Japanese
Yomiuri Europe 2010 (Japanese Newspaper)

2001年に渡英。製本家の國方コックラムみどりそしてマーク・コックラムに師事しながら2005年カンバーウェルカレッジオブアート(Camberwell College of Arts)の版画科修士課程を卒業。2008年にデザイナーブックバインダース(Designer Bookbinders)準正会員、現在ロンドン中心部にある昔ながらの製本装丁店ワイバン・バインダリー(The Wyvern Bindery)にて製本家として働きながら個人では製本装丁作家、またモーリーカレッジ(Morley College)にて製本教室の講師としても活動。

2005年にソサエティーオブブックバインダー(The Society of Bookbinders)コンペティションのケースバインディングカテゴリーにて2位受賞。2003年からデザイナーブックバインダースのコンペティションにて6つの賞を受賞。2009年にはDB最優秀メダルを受賞。英国とアメリカにプライベートコレクション有。