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Calling all book artists: Redesign the medieval book

The Bodleian Library and Faculty of English are running a workshop, competition and exhibition for contemporary artists and craftspeople who work with books: Redesigning the Medieval Book. The aim is for contemporary artists and craftspeople to make new books inspired by medieval ones in an exhibition at the Bodleian in the winter of 2017-18. There is a full description attached. We are hosting free workshops on medieval books Friday 10 March and Thursday 23 March (for which we will pay reasonable travel expenses). Participants must register by Friday 1 March by contacting Daniel Wakelin or Madeline Slaven. The following competition will run until 30 September 2017. The exhibition will open on 1 December 2017. We look forward to hearing from participants.

Full details here (PDF).


DB Lecture Day 2017
The Designer Bookbinders Saturday Lecture Day will take place on Saturday 4 March 2017 at the Art Workers' Guild, London, from 10.30 am to 5.00pm.

The speakers will be Karen Blietz, John Gillis, Peter Jones and Marianne Tidcombe. Full details here.

Tickets will be available to buy on the door.


Designer Bookbinders Spring Meeting and AGM 2017
Designer Bookbinders is pleased to be holding its Spring Meeting and AGM on Saturday 8 April 2017 at 2.00pm at the Art Workers' Guild, Queen Square, London. The Spring Meeting is always an interesting day and we hope that many members will be able to attend. It is a free event so please make a note of it in your diary now.

Following the AGM we have the pleasure of welcoming Philippa Räder who will deliver a talk:

The Queen's Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme:
a pilot programme of a new five-year apprenticeship in hand bookbinding

Hand bookbinding forms an important part of national and international heritage. From the middle ages the recognised route to proficiency was the apprenticeship model of on-the-job training over several years, which survived essentially unchanged, apart from the addition of college attendance and formal examinations, until the mid-20th century. Since then the system has died out in the UK and, as the last generation of apprentice-trained practitioners retire and pass away, there is real danger of forever losing high-level skills & technical knowledge. A charitable partnership lead by Royal Collection Trust has established a new pilot scheme to address this problem with the first two apprentices taking up post in October 2016. The talk will report on progress so far as well as discuss future plans.

Philippa Räder is Senior Book Conservator-Restorer for the Royal Collection Trust, based in the Royal Bindery, Windsor Castle, where she has worked since 2003. Accredited through the Institute of Conservation (Icon), she trained initially in book and paper conservation for four years at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California, and has held positions at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, and The National Archives in Kew. Throughout her career in institutional studios she has also maintained a private practice in bookbinding and letterpress commissions as well as book conservation-restoration.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 16 April 2016
Matters arising
President's report
Secretary's report
Honorary Treasurer's report
Introduction of the Executive Committee 2017-2018
Any other business

The Spring Meeting will also include a Bring and Buy sale and some suppliers. If you have any tools, equipment, materials, books, etc. that you wish to sell, please make sure they are marked clearly with a price and your name.

The hall of the Art Workers' Guild will be open from 1.30pm and the meeting will close by 5.00pm. The hall must be cleared by 5.30pm.


Designer Bookbinders Masterclasses 2017
Booking is now open for the first of 2017's DB Masterclass series to be held at the St Bride Bindery, London.

Class size is restricted to 6 students so early booking is strongly recommended.

Further details can be found here.


London Craft Week 2017
Plans for an expanded DB contribution to this year's event have been announced.

Full details here.



DB @ The Saatchi Gallery: 2-6 February 2017

Designer Bookbinders are proud to be involved with this prestigious event for the first time.
29 Fellows, Licentiates and invited binders will be exhibiting and selling their work:

More details about Collect here.

See the EXHIBITION section for full details of the opening times and how to book tickes


Congratulations, Maureen!

Maureen Duke, an associate of DB, has become a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) in the Queen's 2017 New Year Honours List, for life-long service to the teaching and propagation of the crafts of Bookbinding, Conservation and Restoration.

Maureen has been a skilled practitioner and inspirational teacher of the crafts of Bookbinding, Conservation and Restoration for 70 years. She has had a profound influence on students and fellow craftsmen and women across the UK. She commands the deep respect of all bookbinders for the vigour and enthusiasm with which she has preserved, nurtured and interpreted these crafts for several generations.

Designer Bookbinders warmly congratulates her on this achievement.


A new, challenging and exciting role in hand bookbinding and gold finishing
If you are a qualified hand bookbinder with experience we would love to hear from you. We have a vacancy at Temple Bookbinders of Oxford. Full time hours of 37.5 hours or part time hours Monday - Friday with flexibility around the 08.00 -16.30 business open hours.

We are privileged to be Royal Warrant holders to HM The Queen as Hand book binders. In early Spring 2017 we are moving the business to a purpose built, new building in Yarnton near Woodstock Oxford. With the opportunity of a new job, for the New Year, in a custom built new building.

Set in a beautiful Grade II listed historic farm setting; the new bindery will give you a chance to share in our traditional skills and bookbinding crafts. Improved infrastructure and travelling now e.g. with fewer traffic problems, (being 4 miles north of Oxford), the brand new Chiltern Rail Link at Parkway Oxford linking London Marylebone with Oxford; the Park and Ride too, makes travelling easier. The Woodstock bus route S3 passes the bindery along the Cassington Road. Public transport is not a problem.

Parking onsite is free and unrestricted too, so driving is easy. Yarnton is a small pretty village offering a calm and pleasant working environment.

Please visit our website to explore all the traditional skills we offer our client base,

Call Ian or Pauline to arrange an informal interview, on 01865 451940 or if you have any queries email us on


Job Vacancy at Windsor Castle
There is currently a vacancy for the position of Bookbinder at Windsor Castle.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled hand craftsperson with significant experience in bookbinding and book restoration, to join the team in Windsor.

Further information about the role and Royal Collection Trust can be found at:

The direct link to apply is:


Booker Bindings on Display
This year's 6 bindings for the Man Booker shortlist are now on display at Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross Road, London, until 9th November.

They can be found in the rare book section in a glass case by the till, on the First Floor - turn left at the top of the stairs. Not very easy to find, so you may have to ask!


Annual UK Bookbinding Competition 2017
The Set Book for the 2017 competition is Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems.

Full details can be found in the COMPETITION section.


Hand Bookbinder Required at Maltby's the Bookbinders in Oxford
Maltby's, a hand/craft bindery, established in 1834, and working alongside it's automated sister company, Green Street Bindery, has a vacancy for an experienced hand bookbinder to join an existing team. This is a permanent position starting October 2016.

Essential Skills:
- Leather Binding
- Book Repairs
- Re-binding
Useful Skills:
- Journal Binding
- Thesis Binding
- Foil Blocking

In the first instance, please send CV to:
Garry Phipps, Maltby's the Bookbinders, Horspath Trading Centre, Pony Road, Oxford, OX4 2RD
t: 01865 747459


Exhibition of the 2016 Annual UK Bookbinding Competition
This year's exhibition will take place at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ from Friday 11th November - Thursday 24th November 2016.

The opening hours are: Monday - Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm.

Please see for a map.


Kulgin Duval
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Kulgin Duval passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home on Friday 22nd July.

Kulgin was an Honorary Fellow of Designer Bookbinders. He and Colin Hamilton had a long partnership and shared interest and understanding of fine books and bindings. A prolific collector of books, Kulgin was always hospitable, welcoming to his homes in Perthshire and India those who appreciated well designed and beautifully made objects and bindings.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with Colin at this time.


DB/SoB Joint Workshops 2016/17

The latest series of weekend workshops jointly organised by Desiger Bookbinders and the Society of Bookbinders has been announced.

Full details can be seen here.


London Craft Week
Photos from the DB demonstrations at LCW 2016 can be seen here.


Lisa von Clemm
Lisa’s family would like to let you know that her Memorial Service will take place at St George’s Church, Aubrey Walk, off Campden Hill Road, London W8 7JG on Monday, June 27th at 3pm. It will be followed by a reception at The Kensington Wine Rooms, 127-129 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LP.

Please let the Secretary know if you would like to attend.


Designer Bookbinders Spring Meeting incorporating the AGM
Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Designer Bookbinders is pleased to be holding its Spring Meeting and AGM on Saturday 16 April 2016 at The Art Workers' Guild in London. The meeting will commence at 2pm. This will be an interesting day and we hope that many members will attend.

Following the AGM business we will have the pleasure of welcoming Angela James and Jonathan Taylor who will pay tribute to the life and work of our very dear friend Lisa von Clemm who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Following these tributes we will enjoy an illustrated talk by Edward Bayntun-Coward. Edward runs George Bayntun's in Bath, a family business and one of the UK's best-known bookshops specialising in fine bindings and rare books and home to the Bayntun-Riviere bindery.

His talk is entitled 'Further Confessions of an Incurable Collector' and will explain why he collects so many different things, how they relate to each other, and where his collection of modern bindings fits in.

The Spring Meeting will also include a Bring and Buy sale. If you have any tools, equipment, materials, books, etc. that you wish to sell, please make sure they are marked clearly with a price and your name.

The hall of the Art Worker's Guild will be open from 1.30pm and the meeting will close by 5.00pm.


Lisa von Clemm
It is with enormous sadness that we have to announce that Lisa von Clemm died peacefully at home yesterday, after a long illness. Dear friend to so many of us in Designer Bookbinders and a devoted supporter (and Honorary Fellow) of the Society.

For uncountable years, the Executive Committee and Fellows & Licentiates meetings took place in her home which she so generously made available to us. So many students have Lisa to thank for the annual Bookbinding Competition which she ran, with help from many others, for so many years, forging the link with the Folio Society and fighting DB's corner when it came to arranging where the exhibition of the entries would be every year.

A tireless champion of our Society, Lisa also commissioned bindings from many of us as well as buying bindings from exhibitions - being particularly keen to encourage up-and-coming young binders - and in the wider field of books, she was an active member of the American Friends of the British Library.

Too modest to submit her own work when invited to do so for the Covered exhibitions, nevertheless Lisa was a very competent binder herself.

We shall miss her in so many ways and she leaves a gap which it will be impossible to fill.

All our thoughts and sympathy are with her family.

Posted 4 March 2016


Bookbinding at St Bride
Now in its second year, London Craft Week showcases work by makers and craftsmen in the London area. Across the City, workshops, studios and shops will be open to the public with demonstrations and events planned throughout the week.

The event originally coincided with Collect, the annual applied art show at the Saatchi Gallery. However, this year Collect has been pushed out by some upstarts called the Rolling Stones, but London Craft Week will still take place during the first week in May.

Designer Bookbinders, Shepherds Bookbinders and the St Bride Foundation will be collaborating in 'Bookbinding at St Bride', a day of events on Saturday May 7th.

Full details can be found here.


Jen Lindsay's obituary of Denise Lubett in the current DB Newsletter states that Denise died on the 15th September 2015. Jen has pointed out that the date should actually be 15th August.


The Bookbinding Competition
Prizewinners announced:
The 2015 winners were announced at the Private View of the exhibition at St Bride.

Congratulations to this year's Mansfield Medal winner, Luke Hornus, for his binding of the Folio Society Set Book, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

For the complete list of prizewinners and images of all their bindings, go to the Competitions page.


Designer Bookbinders Tuesday Lectures 2016

The Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ
T: 020 7353 3331

The 2016 season of the popular DB lecture series has been announced. Further details can be found here.


Man Booker 2015

The Man Booker Prize 2015 bindings can be seen here. They are currently on display at:

Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Roa

The bindings are on either side of the main entrance until 28 October.


Designer Bookbinders Open Day

More information (PDF)


Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2017
Entry forms are now coming in for the International Competition but more entries are needed to make the competition as big a success as last time!

We are extending the deadline for the submission of Entry Forms to 31 October 2015.

Information and forms can be found here.


More details here.


DB Calendar 2016
An initiative of our President.

From now on there will be a dedicated space in your home to write down all the important bookbinding (and other) events of the year, while at the same time supporting DB.

We are proud to introduce the DB calendar. The 2016 issue features beautiful photographs by Haein Song taken in the Black Fox Bindery in London.

Now available in our Online Shop.
150 copies only.
Price £10 + P&P


UK Annual Bookbinding Competition 2016

The Set Book for the 2016 competition is Dante's Vita nuova. Full details can be found in the COMPETITON section.


UK Annual Bookbinding Competition 2015
There is still time to enter the set book, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Copies are available from Lester Bath. Bindings must be submitted at the end of October. Send a stamped, addressed envelope for entry forms after 1st September to:

Lisa von Clemm
58 Bedford Gardens
W8 7EH

The EXHIBITION of the Competition will take place at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ from 27th November - 10th December 2015. The opening hours are:

Monday - Friday 12pm - 6pm
Saturday 28th November 12pm - 4pm
late opening: Thursday 3rd December from 12pm - 8pm


Denise Lubett: 1922 - 2015

It is with sadness that Jen Lindsay has announced the death of ex-Fellow of DB Denise Lubett who died, aged 92, in the early hours of Saturday morning 15 August 2015 at her home in London. She is survived by her son Roland, his wife Tandy and her three grandchildren Fiona, Tania and Naomi - all resident in Australia - also by her elder brother John Stewart Ullman and by her nephew Nicolas.

There will be a woodland burial in Hertfordshire on Wednesday afternoon, 19 August, about which Jen will know more once Roland has arrived from Australia on Monday.
Jen is happy to field enquiries.

Jen Lindsay


St Bride Unveiled

More details here


Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2017
Binders worldwide are invited to enter Designer Bookbinders third International Competition. The event is being organised in association with the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and supported by Mark Getty. There will be no set book. Instead the Competition will have the theme of Myths, Heroes & Legends. Binders may choose a text which celebrates extraordinary figures, both real and imaginary, from any age.

It is hoped that entrants will be stimulated by the opportunity to source and work with a text of their choice and feel encouraged to use a wide range of structures, materials, and design techniques. It is worth noting that many collectors who purchase work from the competition place great importance on the quality of the text as well as the style of the binding.

Full details including online registration can be found here.


Trevor Lloyd MBE
Many congratulations to Trevor, a long-time DB member and prizewinner in the 2013 International Competition, on the award of an MBE for services to bookbinding and book restoration.

Trevor Lloyd


COVERED: Beauty and Art in Contemporary Bookbinding
A selling show at St Bride Foundation from the 27th May until 6th June 2015

There will be new bindings on display by the following binders:

Kathy Abbott, Glenn Bartley, Jo Bird, James Brockman, Stuart Brockman, Hannah Brown, Lester Capon, Jeff Clements, Mark Cockram, Nesta Davies, Paul Delrue, Sue Doggett, Annette Friedrich, Sayaka Fukuda, Eri Funazaki, Flora Ginn, Tatjana Gretschmann, Jenni Grey, Kate Holland, Derek Hood, Angela James, Peter Jones, George Kirkpatrick, Jeanette Koch, Midori Kunikata-Cockram, Kaori Maki, Glenn Malkin, Tom McEwan, Nicky Oliver, Lori Sauer, Chris Shaw, Haien Song, Julian Thomas, Ann Thornton, Ann Tout, Rachel Ward-Sale and Daniel Wray.

Full details on the COVERED page.


Lecture at St Bride on May 27th
Emily Martin: The Naughty Dog Press

American book artist and the proprietor of The Naughty Dog Press, Emily Martin, will be presenting a talk on the evening of May 27th at the St Bride Foundation. As the chair of the midwest chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers and a lecturer at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, Emily will speak about the Guild and the most recent work of students from the masters programme at the University. She will also talk about her own work, always surprising, amusing and wonderfully creative. She is currently making a stop action film about Desdemona, a project that was inspired after her last piece was selected in the International Shakespeare Competition.

Tickets may be booked online here.

See our Exhibitions section for news of Emily's Pantone Postcard Project, also at St Bride this summer.


TREVOR JONES Designer Bookbinder: a retrospective

Trevor Jones retrospective

This exhibition shows 58 bindings, spanning the career of Trevor Jones, a founder member of Designer Bookbinders. Although a fine draughtsman, he chose bookbinding as his means of expression. His creativity, imagination and experimental techniques extended the language of bookbinding in unexpected and refreshing ways. All the bindings on show have been lent by collectors and it is a one and only chance to see them exhibited all together ... a show not to be missed!

18 March to 10 April 2015

St Bride Foundation
Bride Lane
Fleet Street

Open: Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 11-4
Closed 3-6 April

Admission free!


The Bindings of Trevor Jones

Catalogue 'The Bindings of Trevor Jones' on sale during the exhibition at a special price of £35 (DB members) or £40 (non-members).


From Stephen Conway, President of Designer Bookbinders

Dear Membership,

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that after a short illness, my close friend and colleague David Sellars (Fellow) passed away early yesterday evening. He was at peace and his family and close friends were at his bedside. David leaves a wife Jill, his daughter Liz and a brother, John. This is a very sad day for many of us. David was an inspiration to many, many people, myself included, and his passing is a great loss to the world of bookbinding.

As soon as I have more information regarding funeral arrangements I will let you know.

Yours sincerely,
Stephen Conway


SoB Conference Bursaries
Bookbinding tutors and binding students/beginners are being offered bursaries to enable them to attend the Society of Bookbinders' Education & Training Conference at Keele University in August.

The deadline for applications is 31st March. For more details, click the links below:

Letter to Tutors (PDF)
Gordon Hartley Memorial Fund Bursary (PDF)
Conference 2015 Bursary (PDF)


Courses at St Bride
Two courses starting in the new year at St. Bride Foundation, Bride Ln, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8EQ

Pop-up Books
Tutor: Alex Czinczel
Fridays - 16 January - 20 Februar,y 2015 10.00am - 5.00pm
Make your own pop- up book using a collection of different pop-up structures and pull-tab mechanisms.
Ful details here (PDF).

From Idea to Edition: Creating an Artist’s Book
Tutor: Sue Doggett
Thursdays (10.00am - 5.00pm) for 10 weeks from 15th January, 2015.
This course will introduce and develop skills in Letterpress and Bookbinding through a series of instructional and guided workshops that are designed to develop your ideas both practically and conceptually through a process of research, development and production.
Full details here (PDF).


Man Booker Prize 2014
The six shortlisted bindings, bound by Fellows of DB and presented to the authors at the prizegiving dinner, are currently on display at Waterstones Bookshop, Piccadilly, London until 5pm on Tuesday 28th October, 2014.

Waterstones Piccadilly
203/206 Piccadilly

Monday - Saturday: 09:00 to 22:00
Sunday: 11:30 to 18:00


Bernard Middleton at 90

A major retrospective exhibition of the internationally renowned binder and restorer who has contributed so much to the preservation and furtherance of the craft in the 20th and 21st centuries, and who was a founder member of the Guild of Contemporary Binders in 1951 (later to become Designer Bookbinders).

The Layton Room
St. Bride Foundation
Bride Lane
Fleet Street
t: 0207 353 3331

27th October - 14th November 2014 (now extended until Saturday 15th November)
10.00 - 18.00, Mondays - Saturdays

Visitors are advised to telephone in advance if a weekday visit is planned asThe Layton Room has occasional functions which preclude viewing the exhibition.


Exhibition of the 2014 Bookbinding Competition

The exhibition will take place at:

St Bride Foundation
Bride Lane
Fleet Street
Please see for a map

Saturday 22nd November - Friday 5th December 2014
The opening hours are:

Monday - Friday 12 - 6pm
Saturday 22nd January 12 - 4pm
Late opening on Thursday 27th November 12 - 8pm


Designer Bookbinders Now


Africa Boards

In collaboration with Designer Bookbinders and The Ethiopian Heritage Fund, St Bride Foundation will be exhibiting a unique project that was created to raise funds for the conservation of works of art in Ethiopia.

Thirty-five Fellows and Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders have each designed and made a 255x180mm board based on the theme of Africa. A bespoke tulip and oak wood presentation box was made to house the collection.

24th September - 10th October 2014
10.00am - 6.00pm
St Bride Foundation
Bride Lane
Fleet Street

Tel: 0207 353 3331


DB Autumn Visit
Monday 6 October 2014

The visit this year will be to the Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW.
This will coincide with the DB Now exhibition, which runs from 4 October - 23 November

There are two events planned. One will be a visit to the conservation studio where Sharon Oldale, the conservator, will talk about the work undertaken there. The other will be to see some of the historical and contemporary bindings in the Library's Special Collection, curated by Steven Dearden.

The visits will start at 11am and will be repeated at 2pm, so that members can attend both.
On Saturday 4 October the DB Now exhibition will open with a meet the binders event. Some of the binders will be present to talk about the bindings in the exhibition.

There will be a maximum number of 20 people for each event. There will be a charge of £10 per member. If you would like to book a place on the visit, or are interested in joining a lift share to Liverpool, please contact Wendy Hood.


DB Lecture Series 2014
Paul Johnson - Movable Book Artist and Teacher
Tuesday 28 October 2014, 7.00pm
Venue: The Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ
Tel: 020 7353 3331
Admission: £7 DB members; £10 non-members; £5 students (with NUS card)

Full details here.


InsideOUT Exhibition


InsideOUT is DB's next major exhibition, featuring 65 contemporary bindings of private press books. It opens to the public on Thursday 15 May and runs until 22 August 2014 in the Layton Room Gallery, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ.

Opening Times: Monday - Friday 11 - 6
Admission Free

This ambitious project is a collaboration between 34 binders based in the UK and 25 binders from North America who have bound texts from 9 Private Presses. Examples of some of the texts bound are exhibited alongside the bindings so the visitor can see what is hidden between the covers.

The exhibition will tour to 4 venues in the USA until July 2015.

A full colour catalogue is now available from the DB online shop.

For more details about InsideOUT, go to the Exhibitions section.


DB @ IPEX 2014

DB was invited to share the large St Bride Foundation area at Excel during the week of 24 March. Jeanette Koch mans the DB stand for three days, and Sayaka Fukuda will give a demonstration on Friday.


Invitation to Participate in Estonian Exhibition

The Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders in co-operation with the Estonian Literature Center invites you to participate in the International Exhibition of Artistic Bookbinding Scripta manent V "Young Estonian Poetry" and conference at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art And Design in Tallin.

Applications for participation in the exhibition and for acquisition the sets of sheets are expected to be sent to Mrs. Sirje Kriisa, member of the Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders, by April 2, 2014.

Full details and contacts are available on the Scripta manent website.


Ivor Robinson MBE
From Stephen Conway
President of Designer Bookbinders.

It is with sadness that I must report the passing of Ivor Robinson on February 19th 2014.

Ivor Robinson MBE was a founding Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and its first President. He was a huge influence on British Bookbinding and bookbinding education and his approach to design and technique is well documented and admired by bookbinders the world over.

On behalf of Designer Bookbinders, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Ivor's wife, Olive, and his family.

Ivor will be buried at St. Bartholomews Church, Holton, Oxfordshire on Thursday 6th March. The Funeral Directors are S & R Childs, Oxford and as there will be family flowers only, they ask for any donations to be made to The Woodland Trust.

An obituary by Dorothy Harrop was published in The Telegraph on 7th April.


Bindery Hire in London
It is now possible to hire the Guidecca Room bindery at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ.

The room is small but well lit and equipped with new benches, several nipping and finishing presses, a board chopper etc. and running water. There is space for up to 7 participants – depending on the type of work involved – and the room can be used for personal bookbinding projects or private tuition, subject to agreement.

Available week days and weekends.

The hire of the Guidecca Room and equipment is £130 per day (9.00am - 5.00pm).
Additional time is £30 per hour or part thereof.

If you would like more information or would like to book the bindery, please contact the DB Secretary, Wendy Hood.


Touring Exhibition: Shakespeare in Binding
The next venue for the exhibition of Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2013 will be the
Rare Books Exhibition Hall of the National Library of Estonia Tõnismägi 2, Tallinn.

The Private View will be held on Friday 24th January and the exhibition will open the following day.
More details here.


The Bookbinding Competition 2013

The prizewinning bindings can now be see in the Competitions section.


Readable Objects
The Aram Gallery
110 Drury Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2B 5SG

22 November 2013 - 17 January 2014

Readable Objects is an exhibition of experimental approaches to contemporary bookbinding.
More details here.


DB Lecture Series: Winter 2013/14
Saturday 11 January 2014 (Three Lectures Day)
Sue Doggett, Simon Goode, Sam Winston

Venue: The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1
Admission: DB members £14, non-members £20 and students £6.50 for the whole day or DB members £5, non-members £7, students £2.50 per lecture.

Advance bookings can now be made online here. Note that online bookings can only be made if you wish to attend all three lectures. If you would like to attend individual lectures, please purchase tickets at the door on the day.

10.30am – Sue Doggett: From book to binding: a book artist's interaction with the text
12 noon – Simon Goode: Opening the London Centre for Book Arts: learning from the USA
2.30pm – Sam Winston: Exploring the printed word in a visual world


DB International Competition 2013

The Prizewinners

First Prize
Dominic Riley  (UK)

Second Prize
Eduardo Giménez  (Spain)

The prizewinning bindings and exhibition tour dates can be viewed on the COMPETITION pages.


Africa Boards

We are delighted that the collection has now sold for £40,000.
75% goes to the Ethiopian Heritage Fund; 25% to Designer Bookbinders.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the project. Special thanks to Hannah Brown who also made the presentation box.

It is hoped that the whole collection can be exhibited in the not too distant future.

At the Antiquarian Booksellers Fair in June 2011 Designer Bookbinders will be exhibiting something a bit different. 35 Fellows and Licentiates of the society have each designed and made a 255 x 180mm board based on the theme of Africa. These will be housed in a Tulip and Oak wooden presentation container made by Hannah Brown, and sold as a group in aid of The Ethiopian Heritage Fund.

These boards form a wonderful 'exhibition in a box' - a snapshot of the richly varied type of work being produced in the early 21st. Century by contemporary bookbinders.

This is a way of using our skills to help those less fortunate and also contribute to the preservation of some of the most wonderful objects in the world.

Modern bookbinding is flourishing and there are several stunning private and public collections around the world. This unique project could enhance one such. Here is an opportunity to purchase a dazzling selection of many different styles and techniques.

Lester Capon comments, "Having worked on some of the Ethiopian artifacts and witnessed the extremely difficult conditions in which the people live and work I tried to think of ways in which I could help. I was working on the objects half way up mountains and on my hands and knees on the bare earth, but, of course, I could come home afterwards to the luxury of my bindery and home.

"It was with some trepidation that I suggested this idea to my friends and colleagues in Designer Bookbinders, but they responded with great generosity, entering wholeheartedly into the spirit of the project and have created a wonderful object."

The container and boards will be exhibited and for sale at the London Antiquarian Book Fair in the Olympia Exhibition Centre, on the George Bayntun stand from 9th. - 11th June 2011. 75% of proceeds to The Ethiopian Heritage Fund. (registered charity no. 1110969 25% of proceeds to Designer Bookbinders (registered charity no. 282018)


Romilly's Tools: an incomplete set
Photographs by Verdi Yahooda
Limited edition of 500. All copies numbered.
Price £20 (plus p&p)

We are pleased to announce that we now have copies available of this remarkable collection of 65 black-and-white photographs of the bookbinding tools belonging to Romilly Saumarez Smith, together with an essay by Charles Saumarez Smith.

The photographs were taken in Romilly’s bindery in 1986, and the book brings together three sequences of images of the tools as positive and negative photographs. Some of these images were shown printed on a large scale and mounted on calico as an installation to complement a Designer Bookbinder's exhibition at Leighton House in 1986. Another set was shown at the Yale Centre for British Art in 2010.

The unusual treatment and use of light of the objects are magical, and the book would make a lovely Christmas present for bookbinders and photographers alike!

Available in the online shop and the members' shop.




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