Joy came to bookbinding in the early 1990s. She is a graduate of the University of Canberra in paper conservation and has studied in Ascona in Switzerland, Belgium and Italy. Joy and John run a book arts business in Canberra. They specialize in conservation and restoration of rare books, works of art on paper, and one-off fine designer bindings. They are experienced teachers and offer a range of instruction in the book arts. Joy exhibits nationally and internationally and her work can be seen in many international collections.