Natalie d'Arbeloff Honorary Fellow

Paper & Artist Books

About Natalie
Natalie d'Arbeloff specialises in handmade bookworks which bring together her skills in printmaking, drawing, writing and three-dimensional media. Her limited edition and one-of-a-kind artists books are in private and public collections internationally. Natalie was born in Paris, her mother was French, her father Russian. She was raised in Europe, South America and the United States and moved permanently to London in 1963.
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From childhood onwards Natalie has been absorbed in drawing, writing and constructing things as a way of giving material form to observations and feelings. She sees the handmade book as a multi-faceted container for ideas which gradually take shape as the work progresses. Depending on what will harmonise best with a theme, she may use one or more printmaking techniques such as etching, aquatint, blind embossing, collagraph, monoprinting, linocutting, stencils etc. A few of her limited edition livres d'artiste are based on text by authors who have inspired her but text (if any) is generally her own and visual interpretation predominates.

“... books of striking originality. Her art, often witty in its philosophy, alive in colour and texture, arrives at published form after much entertaining experiment. I know nobody who has thus combined art and idea with such force and originality.” Colin Franklin in "FINE PRINT".

“... one of the most creative bookmakers of our time.” 
Decherd Turner, former Director of Bridwell Library, Dallas and Humanities Research Center, Austin. Texas

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Teaching and workshops, lectures etc.

  • Camden Arts Centre, London
  • City Lit, London
  • Stanhope Institute, London
  • Middlesex Polytechnic
  • Loughborough College of Art and Design
  • Camden School of Art, London
  • Guilford College of Further Education
  • Hertfordshire College of Art and Design
  • Richmond Adult College
  • Visiting artist at Colorado College, Colorado Springs
  • Humanities Research Center, Austin, Texas
  • Artists Book Works, Chicago
  • Tate Gallery: book-art workshop for Friends of the Tate
  • Arts Director at Centre for the Imagination, Hampstead
  • St. Augustine Workshop, London
  • Hampstead Artists Association
  • Apple Mac Store, London. Presentation: Is there a book inside you?
  • Women's Global Forum, Deauville. Presentation: Creativity and aging.

Educational books by NdA

  • Creating in Collage 1967 Studio Vista/Watson-Guptill
  • An Artist's Workbook 1969 Studio Vista/Van Nostrand Reinhold
  • Designing with Natural Forms 1973 Batsford/Watson Guptill

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Amigos del Arte. Asunciòn, Paraguay 1961
  • Mercury Theatre London 1970
  • Travers Gallery London 1970
  • Belgravia Gallery London 1973
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Colorado Springs 1975
  • Camden Arts Centre, London 1980
  • Bertram Rota, London 1985
  • Victoria & Albert Museum National Art Library 1990
  • Museum of the Book, The Hague 1992
  • Contemporary Applied Arts, London 1993
  • Museo del Barro, Asunciòn, Paraguay 2002
  • Bookarts Bookshop, London 2016

Selected group exhibitions

VI Bienale Sao Paulo, Brazil 1961. Spoleto Festival, Italy 1963. British Drawing Biennale. Pratt Graphic Center, New York. Galeria SudAmericana, New York. Art Institute of Chicago. ICA London. Bookworks touring exhibition. Livres d'Artistes, Herbert Read Gallery Canterbury. Bibliothèque Elsa Triolet, Paris. Bass Museum of Art, Miami. Centre Romand d'Art Graphique, Lausanne. Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal. Victoria & Albert Museum: the Open & Closed Book. Atlantis Gallery, London. England & Co. 1993. Crafts Council 1994. Society of Designer Craftsmen. Bradford University 1994. Blackburn Museum 1994. Southampton City Art Gallery 1994. The Minories, Colchester 1995. Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea 1995. Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. 1999. Collins Gallery Glasgow touring exhibition 1998-2001. North Lincolnshire Visual Arts Centre 2005. Art Not War, Conway Hall, London. ArtPeace, A&D Gallery, London. National Library of Wales, Open Books 2012. Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff. Dear Christine Exhibition 2019-2020 : Vane Gallery, Newcastle; Elysium Gallery Swansea; ArtHouse Gallery London


  • 1957 Vancouver: Winner of competition for public sculpture design.
  • 1962 Asunciòn, Paraguay: Winner of competition for mural, Hotel Guarani.
  • Research grant, Ruskin's Guild of St.George
  • 1984 Vincent Harris Fund, grant for mural at Hampden Community Centre.
  • 1989 Arts Council of Great Britain Visual Arts Publications grant.
  • 1992 British Council grant for exhibition in The Hague.
  • 2007 The Guardian: joint winner of inaugural Mary Stott competition.
  • 2019 LDC Rosalind Penfold Award for graphic novel in progress by artist over 50.

Public collections include:

  • Victoria & Albert Museum National Art Library
Victoria & Albert Museum Archive of Art & Design
  • British Library, London
  • University College Library, London
  • London Guildhall University
  • Tate Gallery Library, London
  • Royal Academy Library, London
Manchester University Library
  • Leeds City Art Gallery
  • Birmingham Central Library
  • Edinburgh City Library

  • Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Glasgow School of Art Library
  • Plymouth University Library
  • Sheffield Education Committee
  • Abbotsholme School, Staffordshire
  • National Library of Wales
  • Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

  • Lessing Rosenwald Collection
  • Newberry Library, Chicago
  • School of The Art Institute, Chicago
  • Bridwell Library, Dallas
  • Humanities Research Center, Harry Ransom Library, Austin, Texas
  • New York Public Library, Spencer Collection
  • Columbia University, Butler Library

  • Cornell University, Olin Library.

  • Yale University, Arts of the Book Collection
Harvard University, Houghton Library
  • Princeton University, Firestone Library
Boston University, Mugar Library
Boston Athenaeum
  • Wellesley College, Margaret Clapp Library
  • Smith College, Nielsen Library
  • Colorado College, Tutt Library
Kohler Library, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Temple University, Paley Library, Philadelphia
Swarthmore College, McCabe Library
  • Stanford University
  • Grunwald Arts Center, UCLA
  • Public Library, Sacramento, California
Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry, Miami
  • Grolier Club, New York
  • National Library, Australia.
  • State Library, Queensland.
Bibliothèque Nationale, Normandy
Vatican Library, Rome
Biblioteca Nazionale, Rome
  • Herzog August Bibliotek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany
  • Kunstgewerbe Museum, Frankfurt
  • Musum of the Book, The Hague
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

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