Lili Phillips

Nice to meet you, I’m Lili. I am an attentive thinker, tactile explorer and curious designer, whose work is bound by a critical awareness of content.

Employing courage and nobility, I deliver tangible results—from printed matter to community building.

1/2 of Nearly, a design studio & publishing house.

Copyright © 2020 Lili Phillips


The Craft of Constructing a Book

A rebinding of 'A Void' by Georges Perec, influenced by the books unusual legibility difficulties (the entire novel has been written without a key typographic character: the letter 'E'). The missing glyph made Perec's paperback to be a challenging read—I was endlessly searching for an impossible misprint. To mirror this fidgety performance, the title has been scattered across the new book cover.

My final book illustrates the timeless craft and the surgical skills that are concerned with traditional bookmaking; binding, gilding, paring and tooling my book by hand.

Made under the supervision of Richard Golightly.

Rebinding: ‘A Void’ by Georges Perec,
translated by Gilbert Adair.

A fine leather, hand bound book + process film (4:17), 

Rebinding & Short (process) Film