Amber Cooper-Davies

Meet Amber Cooper-Davies, paper-cut illustrator, bookbinder and experienced teacher. Amber has a host of other craft skills, including Pyrography and Glass Etching, where she shows her beautiful drawing skills too. She joined London Craft Club as a craft teacher in 2017, and is also now the creative behind our sister company Craft Work. Over tea I asked her some questions about her creative life.

Sonia: How would you describe your style?
Amber: I love bright colours and bold patterns; it's part of what has drawn me to working with paper- the spontaneity of just throwing things together and seeing how they come out! I enjoy laying out my options, swapping elements in and out and then getting down to the nitty gritty of settling the intricate details.

Amber leads bookbinding workshops for beginners at London Craft Club
Sonia: What's the strangest thing you've made?
Amber: I’ve made lots of strange things over the years, I particularly like experimenting with paper to see what kind of structures can be incorporated into my books, but I’d have to say the strangest things I ever made were during my ‘postcard’ phase! A friend and I initially sent regular postcards we thought were weird or funny to each other, but things escalated to the point where I found myself writing my message in white pen on the reel inside a VHS tape, or on long colourful strips hidden in a homemade matchbox camera!

Learn bookbinding with London Craft Club and Amber Cooper-Davies

Sonia: If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing?
Amber: If I wasn’t doing this, I think I’d probably like to do something practical, like being a carpenter or mechanic- I don’t think I could leave my putting-things-together instinct behind (I love constructing IKEA furniture!) It’d also be really lovely to work as part of a team as sometimes being a creative freelancer can get a little lonely, which is why I find it so refreshing to teach my skills to others.

Find out more about Amber here 

Instagram @amberillustrati

Twitter @amberillustrati

Facebook @craftsamber

Amber teaching bookbinding to her students