Collector's library with a special limited-edition slipcase

We are delighted to offer to our readers and collectors a very special limited-edition slipcase, perfect for gifting (or keeping!) the first five books in the Modern Women Artists series.


The limited edition slipcase for books 1 - 5 in the Modern Women Artists collection

The new slipcase, hand-made especially for Eiderdown Books for Christmas 2020, neatly creates a miniature library collection for books 1 to 5 in the Modern Women Artists series, featuring the artists Sylvia Pankhurst, Frances Hodgkins, Marlow Moss, Laura Knight and Lee Miller.


Designed and made in the UK, these delightful little 'nut-shell' cases have each been lovingly hand-produced by bookbinder Ursula Jeakins using the stunning pale-blue patterned paper design 'Little Stars' by Cambridge Imprint.


The 'Little Stars' pattern, designed by Cambridge Imprint.

Cambridge Imprint is a paper-making business based in Cambridge, England, which was founded by three sisters: painter Claerwen James, textile artist Jane Powell and ceramicist Ali Murphy. Known for their use of beautiful colours, joyful illustration and typography, lively, hand-drawn aesthetic, and meticulous attention to detail, Cambridge Imprint papers have been described by Katie Law of the Evening Standard as ‘wholly original’ and ‘trend-free’.

Claerwen James said of the use of the 'Little Stars' design on these slipcases for Eiderdown Books "Bookbinding is an ideal use for this paper with its small, simple, but robust motif, and its early twentieth century feel, and we’re very happy to have the pattern associated with this excellent publishing venture".


Celebrating creative women is at the heart of everything Eiderdown Books does. As a female-founded business, it only publishes books about female artists which are all written, edited and designed by women.


When looking for who to work with to create these special collector's slipcases, Eiderdown Books' founder Harriet Olsen explained, "I wanted to use a decorative paper which not only complemented the books in the series [designed by Clare Skeats] but also to find a design by a female artist, and Cambridge Imprint's 'Little Stars' design is perfect. It was also really important for us to work with a female bookbinder who would be able to turn this idea into something special for our collectors, and Ursula's work is second-to-none. I'm delighted to be championing creative women in this way".


Ursula Jeakins, who has made each of the slip-cases by hand in her Gloucestershire bindery, has been handmaking books and stationery for the last fifteen years and examples of her work using decorative papers by artists including Enid Marx, Eric Ravilious and their contemporaries are available in museum shops around the country.


Ursula Jeakins, in her Gloucestershire bindery

The new 'Little Stars' slipcases are exclusively available from the publisher Eiderdown Books for Christmas 2020, with the last order date Friday 11 December. The slipcases are a limited-edition, collector's case and are only available with a set of the first five books in the Modern Women Artists series included. They retail for £65.00 and are exclusively available to order here.



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