Learning about bookbinding opened up a new path for Judith Ellis. She was a vet for many years, taking early retirement, before embarking upon a second career in bookbinding. Judith went from repairing old books, to the designing and making of new ones and finally to teaching the skills of bookbinding.
In 2004 Judith was awarded joint first prize in the annual Designer Bookbinders competition, followed by a Highly Commended in the same event in 2007. She has exhibited with the Designer Bookbinders, London in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Judith's work is now more directed towards the artistic side of bookmaking and to teaching, which she does with small groups in the winter months.