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Lucy Baxandall is a papermaker and book artist based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, and in London for teaching. She has worked as a financial journalist, jewellery designer/maker, translator and teacher of French, German and art in the UK and the USA.

From 2008 to 2010, she was artist in residence at John Mason School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and remained at JMS as an art teacher until 2011.

After returning to London from Oxford, she taught at the London Centre for Book Arts, and now teaches 2D and 3D papermaking at Morley College and West Dean College. She also runs papermaking and book arts workshops for groups and individuals at her studio in Berwick and around the UK, and occasionally translates for academic publications.

The move north in 2018 has allowed her to open a bricks and mortar shop, Tidekettle Paper, alongside her studio at 16 Bridge Street, Berwick. 



2005 MFA, Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago

1997 PGCE, Modern Languages (French and German), Queen's University of Belfast

1987 CNAA Postgraduate Diploma, Modern Chinese (Mandarin), Ealing College of Higher Education

1986 BA Hons Modern Languages (MA 1997), St. John's College, University of Oxford 


Selected Exhibitions:

2017 Morley College at Holborn Library, London, November

2016 Kingsgate Workshops Winter Show, London, December

         Art on the Move (group show), Jam Factory, Oxford, November/December

         Dis locate, Magdalen Road Studios/Ridgeway VW Garage, Oxford, May/June

           Nature and Diversity IAPMA Members' Show, Brasilia, Brazil, August - October

2015 BABE, Arnolfini, Bristol, April

         Absence and Presence, Al-Mutanabbi Street printmaking project, various

2014 Turn the Page, Forum, Norwich, May

         IAPMA Members' Show, Fabriano, Italy, July/August 

         Fabric of the Land (group show), Aberdeen, September/October

         Where Does the Line Take Us? (group show), North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, October/November

         Microtopia Christmas Showcase (group show), Kingsgate Workshops Trust, London, December  


2013 IAPMA Art and Soul of Paper, Mandell's Gallery and Anteros Arts, Norwich

         Turn the Page, Forum, Norwich

         Al-Mutanabbi Street Project

         Desert in Bloom Biennale, The Artists' House, Beersheba, Israel

         Microtopia, Kingsgate Gallery, London


2012 Magdalen Road Studios Artweeks Exhibition, Oxford

         Kingsgate Workshops Trust Winter Print Show

         Off the S(h)elf, Stockwell Studios

2011  Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, New York and US tour

          Magdalen Road Studios Spring Show, Oxford

2010 06 Gallery, Abingdon, Hold On (solo show, installation)

         Cowley Road Workshop, Oxford, Temptation (group show)

         Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford, Artweeks

         St John's College, Oxford, BarnArt 2010 (group show)

2009 06 Gallery, Abingdon, Channel and Block (solo show)

         St John's College, Oxford, BarnArt 2009 (group show)

2008 Owl and Lion Gallery, Edinburgh, Artists' Books Exhibition (group show)
         O3 Gallery, Oxford, Tell me a Picture (group show)  REVIEW
         OVADA Gallery, Oxford, BID The Big Art Auction (in aid of Magdalen Road Studios)

2007 Vespine Gallery, Chicago, FireWorks (solo show)
         Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Another Story (group show)
         Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, Action/Interaction : Book/Art (in conjunction with book  arts conference)
2006 Dorothea Theil Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois, After Words (group show)

2005 Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Signatures (MFA thesis show)
         Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Hooked Up (collaborative letterpress show)
         Northwest Arts Center, Minot State University, North Dakota, America 2000: Paper Works 2005 (group show)

2004 Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Tenth Anniversary Exhibition (group show)



September 2008-July 2010  Artist in Residence, John Mason School, Abingdon

August/September 2014   Case Riva Retreat, Chiaverano, Italy  



2018 Tutor, Introduction to Western Papermaking, Barber Institute of Art, University of Birmingham

2017-present, Tutor, 2D and 3D papermaking, West Dean College, West Sussex

2014-present, Tutor, 2D and 3D papermaking, Morley College, London

2012-present, workshops at studio, elsewhere by invitation (recent clients include East London Printmakers, AGWSD, Southbank School, Hampstead and several London and Northumberland schools. Specific project assistance for artists in other fields. 

2012-2013,  London Centre for Book Arts, papermaking

September 2008-July 2011  Art and design, John Mason School, Abingdon

2005-2007 SmartFamilies workshops for Smart Museum of Art, Blackstone Library, Chicago



Oxford Castle

John Mason School

Ibrahim Muteferrika Paper Museum, Yalova, Turkey



2012  Featured in 1,000 Artists' Books by Sandra Salamony, Peter and Donna Thomas

2013  Featured in In Praise of Beautiful Books compiled by Caroline Mornement, BCF Books

2022  Papermaking, Crowood Press

Artist Statement:

Lucy's work springs from the following concerns and ideas:

  • The accumulation of memory through the imagery of geological sedimentation. The role of language in this process.
  • Definitions of home and community, and the influence of landscape on identity.
  • The containment of emotional processes so that they are visible but crystallised or fossilised.
  • Tangible representations of how we now gather and filter information.
  • Human attempts to control the uncontrollable.

Media are handmade and reclaimed/recycled paper, traditional bookbinding materials, found objects, image transfer, various surface treatments and text.