Monique Lallier

Summerfield, North Carolina

Claude Peloquin, Lignes, 1986

Bound in full black box calf in the French style; edge-to-edge leather doublures and flyleaves; top edge gilt; handsewn black, red, orange, yellow, and black silk multitiered endbands; multicolored telephone wires attached to front cover allowing them to be reshaped by the reader. 27 x 21 x 2.5 centimeters. Created 1986.

Monique Lallier is the Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding and also teaches binding classes such as French binding and chemise. An internationally recognized bookbinder and book artist, her years of experience in the technique of French binding made her an ideal choice for director and instructor in the AABs French technique based bookbinding program. She began her studies in the 1960s in Montreal at Cotnoir Cappone School of Fashion and Lart de la Reliure bookbinding school with Simone B. Roy, and continued studies in Paris with Roger Arnoult, at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona with Edwin Heim and in Solothurn, Switzerland with Hugo Peller. Her work has been exhibited widely with the Guild and may be found in the collections of McGill University, Montreal; St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal for Pope Jean-Paul II; Louisiana State University; University of North Carolina; as well as many private collections in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan. She served as Standards Chair for the Guild for 12 years, and practices her craft full time from her studio in Summerfield, North Carolina. Website at