Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition
Registration is now closed for the Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2022. All those binders registered will have received their submission numbers and Entry information and forms. Please send your bindings in between 2nd August - 27th August 2021 following all the instructions sent. Judging will take place in September. The prizegiving will take place during the summer of 2022.
Information about the competition, along with the rules can be found here.
The chosen theme of plants, gardens and anything connected with flora helps celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Oxford Botanic Gardens, the oldest Botanic Garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest Scientific gardens in the world.
Plants play a central role to life on Earth. They have provided food, clothing, shelter & medicines for many centuries. Plants have many symbolic uses in art, mythology and literature and gardens have provided employment, leisure and enjoyment throughout history. There are many and varied texts available on this expansive subject.
There is no set book. It is hoped that entrants will be stimulated by the opportunity to produce or source a text of their choice to work with and feel encouraged to make use of a wide range of structures, materials and design techniques. It is worth noting that many collectors place great importance on the quality of the text as well as the style of binding.
NOTE TO ENTRANTS
Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prizes:
Oxford University Students' Choice: £500
The prizewinners will be announced at the Award Ceremony which will take place in Oxford in June 2022. There are plans for a new event: a 'Festival of Bookbinding' to take place at the Bodleian at the same time.
Exhibition / Catalogue
Sourcing textsThere are a number of websites with good quality texts in a wide selection of versions, languages and prices. Here are a few examples to help with your search: