Keep Collect founder Cat in her Margate studio hiding behind one of her handmade books

Keep Collect

Margate, Kent

I am Cat, founder of Keep Collect. I am a bookbinder and box maker for all occasions with a long running passion for order, neatness and finding small joys in the chaos that is life. I delight in creating personal archives and modern heirlooms, things that can be kept, treasured and passed on. Keep Collect is a company of two overlapping concepts, the practical and the pleasing; the useful and the beautiful. I hope I achieve some degree of both in everything I make.

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The story behind the business
Meet Keep Collect

Growing up I spent a lot of time rearranging my bedroom. I liked the feeling of potential a tidy space can conjure. I also loved art and making things and dreamed of being an artist one day but I’m quite a shy thing. What I loved was the process of gathering research, filling sketchbooks, collecting objects, piecing things together. My subject matter revolved around identity, nostalgia, stories of ‘ordinary’ people, the epic in the everyday. This is how my notion of Personal Archives came about; portraits of people through the things they keep.

Books and boxes are so wonderful as they can be secret things, enjoyed alone or opened up and shared, albums full of photographs can be passed from lap to lap. They are such intimate objects, mini museums encapsulating moments; things that are close to hand and close to the heart. Real treasure to be treasured.

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  • Female Founded Business

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