Kathy Abbott started bookbinding in 1989. She served a four-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained an HND from the London College of Printing, followed by a BA (Hons) Bookbinding from Roehampton University.

Kathy is a partner of Benchmark Bindery, set up in 2009 with Tracey Rowledge.
She teaches Advanced level Fine Binding at the City Lit, London and conducts many workshops across the UK and overseas.

Kathy is a founder member of the group: Tomorrow's Past and is the author of
Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010.