I am Hilke Kurzke, artist, mother and wife.

When people ask me what I do, I usually answer “too much”: My main ambition is book art which involves a lot of bookbinding, and so I also make blank books. I am writing and make prints to fill my books. And sometimes I also make prints and write stories without plans to use them in a book, because it happens that I have to put my ideas out there into the world, otherwise they give me this sort of itch on the inside of my head, and it is really hard to scratch there.

Additionally teach bookbinding techniques in small workshops in my studio (and also German to primary school children). And because attending a workshop in person is not a feasible option for many, I also write bookbinding instructions and make bookbinding kits for a variety of skill levels and have a video channel on skillshare.

And finally I am selling (coloured) linen thread, suitable for bookbinding and other traditional crafts like harness making and more general leather working. Coloured linen thread was surprisingly hard to find in Europe when I started out as an artisan bookbinder. It is desirable for the exposed bindings where the sewing thread becomes part of the design. And thus I founded the shop I would have liked to find, especially in those first years.

On this website I try to make it possible for everyone to find more information about whatever of my many endeavours they are interested in. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact me!