Carole King: Bookbinder, Painter and Printer

Born in Chelmsford, Essex, artist Carole King grew up in a creative family, encouraged by parents who were keen model-makers.

She initially trained as a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge, and taught in various schools in the South-East, before studying for her fine art degree as a mature student. Since her move to Wales in 2004, she has worked as a  professional artist.

Letting Go

Carole is a bookbinder, a  painter and printmaker. Her interest in bookbinding first came about when she couldn’t find suitable sketchbooks while studying at Farnham.

The Secret Garden: A Tunnel Book

“Everything I found was the wrong shape, and the wrong paper, so I started making my own: the first ones were very simple, just several signatures of paper sewn together with a board cover taped to the pages – effective but not very exciting. Later I added decorative covers, using some of the discarded trial  screen prints that I was making for my degree work.”

Carole’s books became more refined as she mastered the basic skills, and before long she was selling some of the books that she had made.

Some of Carole’s designs

“I quickly ran out of suitable covering materials and so I began silkscreen printing my own designs. I am inspired by puffins, fish and local landscape motifs.”

Carole says that she loves investigating rockpools – hence the seaweed paintings – and she enjoys bits of industrial archaeology.

“I love to walk along the coast,” she said. “Anywhere is good for me but if I have to choose a  favourite it would be the walk from Porthgain to Abereidy.” 

3 Fathom Forest

To see what exhibitions or workshops Carole has coming up, to contact her about her work or to arrange a commission see below: has a shop


 and for two-diemnsional work

 Workshop Testimonials :

“Very good value course. The book I produced was really good, even though I say so myself. Lunch was really yummy.” – Julie

“Great day yet again. Many thanks to you all. I feel I have achieved and learnt a lot today.” – Sue

“I had a brilliant time today and was pleased with the book I made, roll on the next workshop!” – Louise

“Was a fun day, learning a new skill, in a great venue, good food and a very good teacher. Notes with the course are well written.” – Karen

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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