After serving an apprenticeship at St. Andrews University Library, Derek went on to study printing and bookbinding at Napier College in Edinburgh, Scotland. He then spent 10 years working as a professional musician, recording and touring with bands like ‘The Auteurs’ and ‘All About Eve’.
In 1999 Derek returned to bookbinding, working as a binder/designer for Sangorski & Sutcliffe in London and Bayntun Rivière in Bath.
In 2010 he set up his own fine bookbinding
business that specializes in all aspects of the craft. He is a Fellow of
Designer Bookbinders and frequently teaches and lectures on their behalf.