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Designer Bookbinders International Competition - Prizewinners Announced
Full details and pictures of all the prizewinners in the 2017 competition are now available in the COMPETITION section.
The Queen's Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme
Recruitment of the 2017 intake to The Queen's Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme is now open. Full details can be seen here and application to this five-year hand bookbinding training programme is online via the Royal Collection Trust website.
Applications close on 18 June 2017 at 23:55 BST.
Martin Frost: Maker of the Year
The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills. It aims to support heritage crafts through a range of means, including advice, networking, training and access to public and private funding.
Examples of Martin's work can be seen here.
Chris was a pre-eminent figure in the world of book and manuscript conservation and the history of bookbinding. His wide interests, extraordinary capacity for hard work, his thoroughness and endless curiosity, as well as his remarkable manual skills, gave him a stature in the field that it will be hard to equal. He worked at Sandy Cockerell's and was involved in the rescue of books following the Florence floods, amongst many other achievements. He taught and lectured in many countries across the world and will be remembered as an inspiring teacher and an unequalled source of knowledge. He will be greatly missed.
London Craft Week 2017
Full details here.
Royal Bindery Appointments
The Royal Collection Trust have announced two new appointments within the Royal Bindery, Windsor Castle:
Glenn Bartley commences as Bookbinder on 6 March 2017. He has been a professional bookbinder for over thirty years. Having studied at Guildford College he then worked for a bindery in Oxford for five years, and established his own bindery in Culham, Oxfordshire in 1991. Elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1999, Glenn has exhibited his contemporary bookbindings worldwide. In 1996 he won the DB Silver Medal (Mansfield Medal) and in 2005 the SoB International Competition 1st Prize, Fine Binding category for professional binders. He has worked for clients from Oxford University to private collectors and institutions around the world as well as demonstrating and lecturing widely on traditional binding techniques.
Philippa Räder takes on the position of Head of the Royal Bindery with immediate effect. She has been a book conservator-restorer in various capacities for the Royal Collection since 2003 and is professionally accredited through the Institute of Conservation. A Cambridge graduate in English, Philippa trained in book and paper conservation at the Getty Research Institute, California and previously held positions at The Huntington Library, California and The National Archives (UK). She was elected Chair of the London & South Region of the Society of Bookbinders in February.
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.
Bindery Hire in London
Available week days and weekends.
The hire of the Guidecca Room and equipment is £130 per day (9.00am
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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