Karen Vidler (PM, AICCM) View Karen Vidler's profile on LinkedIn

Bookbinder, Book & Paper Conservator,  Bookbinding Leather Specialist

Karen has managed Book Conservation Services (formerly Karen Vidler Book Conservation) since 2006 and is also the Senior Bookbinder, Book & Paper Conservator-Restorer. Her work has included establishing a Book and Paper Conservation Studio for The Leather Conservation Centre, Northampton UK and she teaches the conservation of leather bookbindings (bound before and after the 17thC) to students of conservation at West Dean College since 2010, as well as qualified Conservators. In 2007 she completed a Leathersellers Certificate in Leather Studies as part of ongoing research into an improved understanding of bookbinding leather deterioration. In 2012 she became an accredited 'Leather Specialist' with the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists (IULTCS). See the Specialisation page of this website for more information on her interest in bookbinding leather conservation. Karen became a Professional Member of the AICCM in 2015. Please go to Karen's Portfolio for more details of her experience. A full list of Karen's publications can be found at the Publications & Presentations page.
Karen began working in conservation as a Conservation Technician with the University of Melbourne in 1993. She then completed a Diploma in Fine Bookbinding and Paper Conservation at Guildford College, Surrey UK in 2001. After completing her studies she worked as a Bookbinding Conservator in the Conservation Bindery of The National Archives, Kew UK then returned to study to complete a Post-graduate Diploma in Book Conservation at West Dean College, West Sussex UK. In 2003 she was employed as a Book and Paper Conservator with the Book Conservation Studio of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. In 2006 she worked on a project with Elizabeth Neville in the treatment of iron gall ink damaged 17th century letters, which they presented as a conference paper at the 2006 Institute for Conservation (ICON) Conference in Edinburgh.  In 2013 she was employed as a Book & Paper Conservator by The National Library of Australia to work on the Proeschel Conservation Project. Click here for a link to the blog for this project. In 2014 she re-established BCS in Australia and is currently pursuing an MA in Education (Higher Education) with Flinders University, Adelaide.

Nicky Oliver
Visiting Tutor in Bookbinding, Design Binding and Boxmaking
Nicky's workshops are only based at the Castlemaine bindery. She has several years experience in teaching at Black Fox Bindery in London which was established in 2009. Her work includes commissioned bindings, book restoration, box-making, decorative work such as label making, blocking, leather onlays and design bindings. In 2008 she won the Second Prize Folio Society Award and 2009 she was awarded The Friends of John Rylands Library prize for Finishing. More recently in 2010 she won First Prize Folio Society Award, First Prize Cloth Workers Guild Award and the Edgar Mansfield Silver Medal for Best Book in the Competition.

She discovered bookbinding while studying for a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, University of Bath, 1996. After completing her studies she worked in several commercial Binderies including Alinea and Shepherds in London before studying bookbinding at the London College of Printing. In 2000 she started at the Chelsea Bindery working on many aspects of bookbinding including decorative onlay work and box-making before setting-up Black Fox Bindery.

Details of previous Associates and Interns can be found here