Designer Bookbinders is pleased to be taking part again in London Craft Week at St Bride. London Craft Week is an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.
Designer Bookbinders and the St Bride Foundation collaborate with a week of events celebrating fine printing and design bookbinding, including demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions and have-a-go sessions.
Situated just off Fleet Street, the former centre of the London printing trade, the St Bride Foundation offered education and recreation opportunities to print workers and apprentices. The venue now houses an extensive collection of historical printing machinery and a unique collection of rare fine print books.
There are three key events for your diary happening over the course of LCW as follows:
DB Now: Exhibition of Design Bindings
Throughout the week an exhibition will showcase contemporary designed bookbindings by exhibiting members of Designer Bookbinders, the principle society promoting British contemporary design bookbinding.
A 3-day workshop ‘That's the Way to Do It!’ - Four Crafts in Three Days will run from May 9th-11th, students will wood engrave an illustration, set type, print and bind their own page into a small hardback book. There are spaces for 6 students at £300 each, booking is required through www.sbf.org.uk
On Saturday May 12th an open day at the St Bride Institute will give visitors the opportunity to try simple bookbinding techniques, watch printing and bookbinding demonstrations and buy bookbinding materials. The DB now exhibition will be open until 4pm and bindings by Associate Members of Designer Bookbinders will be on show throughout the day with a prize of a £50 Shepherds voucher being awarded to the most popular exhibit.
Demonstrations will take place throughout the day and do not need booking. All events are free.
• 11.00am: Susan Allix, Making Books
Susan's studies in Fine Art at Guildford, the Royal College of Art and as Rome Scholar in Engraving led to the idea that the book, with its potential for the development of a sequence, its immediacy and protective qualities, was an interesting way of working. Years later, I am a printmaker, typographer and binder. Hand held prints reveal their freshness; always interested in words, I use their shapes and meanings as typographic designs, and the sculptural qualities of bookbinding allow working with a wide range of materials. Not naturally collaborative, I have assembled a studio of presses and equipment where I work alone, following the interesting possibility of the structure and expertise of craft joining with, and disappearing into, the visual power of the idea.
• 1.00pm: Eri Funazaki, Intricate ways to create unsellable
Artist/bookbinder Eri Funazaki studied graphic design at Joshibi University, Tokyo. She worked as a graphic designer in Japan, moving to UK in 1997 where she graduated from London College of Printing. Since 1999 she has worked as a designer/fine bookbinder at Shepherds Bookbinders, London where she undertakes period and modern bindings. In 2007 she became a fellow of Designer Bookbinders. Her work is in public and private collections in Britain and abroad including The British Library.
Since 2000 she has collaborated with artist/printer Danny Flynn and completed several artist’s books. They employ various traditional production methods such as fine bookbinding as well as letterpress and screen-print. The duo’s work has won several prizes including 1st, 2nd and IBAT Prizes from the Society of Bookbinders Competition and the Silver Prize from the Designer Bookbinders 3rd International Competition in 2017. Their work ‘Theatre Dog’ was included in The Royal Academy Summer Show in 2014. Their work maintains a poetic stance and presents metaphorical visions of the struggles undertaken to survive in a complex world, which are often endured in the form of an enquiring little man.
• 3.30pm: Mark Cockram, Making an artist’s book using a ‘drum leaf’ technique
Mark has been a professional bookbinder, book artist, and teacher for over 25 years. He combines techniques from his training in fine art, design, and bookbinding to create stunning, distinctly non-traditional books.
Mark was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders (UK) in 2001 and a Brother of the Art Workers Guild (UK) in 2008. Opening his first book arts studio, in Lincoln, in 1992. In 2003, he opened Studio Five Book Arts in London, where he has been based ever since.
His diverse body of work is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Library, Library of Congress, Grolier Club, and Art Workers Guild. Cockram collaborates with writers such as Mel Gooding and Roger McGough; book arts organizations such as Booklyn (New York) and the Ortigas Foundation (Manila); and the Natural History Museum.