Q&A: Hayley Andrew Bookbinder, Barnard & Westwood
Monday, April 18, 2016
After being told by numerous university tutors that there are ‘no jobs in a dead trade like bookbinding’, Hayley set out to make them eat their words.
She has been working at London fine printers Barnard & Westwood for two years and has just graduated from her bookbinding apprenticeship at the ripe old age of 27. A self-confessed Luddite, as well as bookbinding Hayley loves noisy rock gigs, eating terrible food and “binge watching movies when I should be sleeping”.
What is your nickname?
Anyone who really knows me calls me ‘Hales’
Why did you get into printing?
Coming from a background in darkroom photographic printing, I have always loved the physicality of print – the smell of the ink, the feel of the paper and those great moments when you burn your hand on a foil blocking machine
What would be your dream job?
International spy/professional cat sitter
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Emma Stone as my partner thinks I look like her (I definitely don’t see it!)
What is your dream bit of kit?
I’ve worked on a Zünd G3 before and I fell head over heels for it
What is your favourite film?
True Romance – I lived in leopard print after watching Alabama Worley do her thing
Who or what do you hate the most?
Passive-aggressive people, hugs from strangers and cabbage
Who do you admire most in the industry?
Gerhard Steidl completely revolutionised book publishing and his approach of ‘hands on or not at all’ is right up my street
What is your favourite saying?
Anything ‘northern’ to endlessly confuse my southern colleagues
What book are you reading at the moment?
I’ve just finished The Martian and being a total space geek, I loved it
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
Tom Hardy. No explanation needed
Who or what makes you laugh?
Sarcasm and dry wit – basically, Basil Fawlty
What piece of kit would you like to see invented?
A highly responsive, instant foiling pen
Which celebrity would you like to get out of here? Why?
Donald Trump. On the hair alone
Where would you like to be now?
Poolside in Las Vegas, getting tattooed
Which superpower would you like to have?
Invisibility so I can finally find out who keeps moving my tools…
Who would be your favourite party guests?
Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Jack Black
Where would you go if you could time-travel?
New York during Prohibition – those guys really knew how to party
What is the worst kind of print?
Lazy print in all senses of the word
How would you like to be remembered?
She started from the bottom but never stopped aiming for the top