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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 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
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.
Designer Bookbinders Masterclasses 2017
Class size is restricted to 6 students so early booking is strongly recommended.
London Craft Week 2017
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.
More details about Collect here.
See the EXHIBITION section for full details of the opening times and how to book tickes
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
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, www.templebookbinders.co.uk
Call Ian or Pauline to arrange an informal interview, on 01865 451940 or if you have any queries email us on email@example.com
Job Vacancy 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: www.royalcollection.org.uk/about/working-for-us#/
The direct link to apply is:
Booker Bindings on Display
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
Full details can be found in the COMPETITION section.
Hand Bookbinder Required at Maltby's the Bookbinders in Oxford
In the first instance, please send CV to:
Exhibition of the 2016 Annual UK Bookbinding Competition
The opening hours are: Monday - Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm.
Please see www.sbf.org.uk for a map.
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
London Craft Week
Lisa von Clemm
Please let the Secretary know if you would like to attend.
Designer Bookbinders Spring Meeting incorporating the AGM
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
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
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.
The Bookbinding Competition
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
Man Booker 2015
The Man Booker Prize 2015 bindings can be seen here. They are currently on display at:
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
We are extending the deadline for the submission of Entry Forms to 31 October 2015.
Information and forms can be found here.
DB Calendar 2016
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.
UK Annual Bookbinding Competition 2016
UK Annual Bookbinding Competition 2015
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:
Denise Lubett: 1922 - 2015
St Bride Unveiled
More details here
Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2017
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
COVERED: Beauty and Art in Contemporary Bookbinding
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
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
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
Open: Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 11-4
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
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.
SoB Conference Bursaries
The deadline for applications is 31st March. For more details, click the links below:
Courses at St Bride
From Idea to Edition: Creating an Artist’s Book
Man Booker Prize 2014
Monday - Saturday: 09:00 to 22:00
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).
27th October - 14th November 2014 (now extended until Saturday 15th November)
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
Saturday 22nd November - Friday 5th December 2014
Designer Bookbinders Now
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
DB Autumn Visit
The visit this year will be to the Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW.
The visits will start at 11am and will be repeated at 2pm, so that members can attend both.
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
Full details here.
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
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
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
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
Available week days and weekends.
The hire of the Guidecca Room and equipment is £130 per day (9.00am
Touring Exhibition: Shakespeare in Binding
The Private View will be held on Friday 24th January
and the exhibition will open the following day.
The Bookbinding Competition 2013
Lecture Series: Winter 2013/14
Venue: The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1
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.
DB International Competition 2013
The prizewinning bindings and exhibition tour dates can be viewed on the COMPETITION pages.
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.
"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."
Romilly's Tools: an incomplete
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!
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