Jacqueline Thomas Books



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At the beginning of the 19C, Joseph Marie Jacquard invented his loom for weaving brocade and damask in the city of Lyon, the centre of silk weaving in France. The loom was designed to improve upon the slow process used by weavers to produce beautiful decorated silk fabrics. Jacquard’s method used a system of punched cards, strung together in sequence, which automatically gave the loom instructions for weaving any image or pattern.

In 1839, five years after Jacquard’s death, Charles Babbage, mathematician, mechanical engineer and inventor, came across a famous woven portrait of Jacquard, at first sight assumed to be an engraving, but actually woven in the finest silk. He realised that he could ‘avail himself of the same beautiful invention’ to communicate instructions to his Calculating Engine, using the punched card for the completely new purpose of mathematical calculation.


24 pages printed on 250gsm somerset satin


hard bound with digitally printed book cloth cover


h 25 cm x w 21 cm




Hand-Bound Artist-Designer Books


All my books are based on subjects related in some way to science, presenting a visual narrative of historical and contemporary scientific subjects. with images collected and arranged from a wide variety of sources.

Some books are about specific scientists, for example William Herschel a scientist and musician, or the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Others are concerned with a particular aspect of science, for example the Discovery of Electricity looks at the unusual way in which scientists explored the natural phenomena of electricity, Weaving Numbers follows the  development of the computer from the Jacquard loom’,  and the genius of Charles Babbage who recognised its potential for his calculating machine. Arabic Science East to West, a visual narrative of Arabic science in the 8th Century, takes the simplest overview of this complex subject.

Plant Hunters – Explorers & Adventurers, is a botanical adventure, based on a fascination for early explorers who introduced thousands of new plant species to Britain.

limited editions (maximum 10) digitally printed, stitched and hand-bound with screen-printed or digitally printed covers.

Plant Hunters – Explorers & Adventurers

Weaving Numbers

Arabic Science East to West 

William Herschel Astronomer and Musician

The Discovery of Electricity

 Srinivasa Ramanujan Mathematician

The Ten Most Abundant Elements in the Universe

Cards of Discovery


Beyond Our Planet Annual for Boys

Star Coordinates


Where Could I Live?

Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts (Commission)

Books in collections of: British Library Contemporary Collection; The Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles, Goldsmiths, University of London; Kingston University, London; Stony Brook University, New York; Helen Storey Foundation; National Art Library, London, and Private collections in the US and the UK.


I have been designing and making books for over ten years, and have exhibited my work at the Small Publishers Book Fair, London; London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel; BABE Arnolfini, Bristol, Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, and in Halifax, Leeds and Manchester. I exhibited  a limited edition of Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts commissioned by Kingston University, at Dorich House Museum, Kingston upon Thames,  and showed books in the exhibition Art and the Quantum Moment  at the Simons Centre for Geometry & Physics Stony Brook University, New York.