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Situation Vacant
Designer Bookbinders is looking for someone to take on the role of Organiser of the Joint DB/SoB Workshops Programme from Sarah Burnett-Moore. This will be a joint role, shared between one DB and one SoB member to provide six individual weekend courses in bookbinding or related arts over the space of one academic year.

Sarah has been organising this very successful and varied workshop series over the last three years. We are looking to have someone new in place by September 2019 to start the planning phase, Sarah is hoping to already have a couple of tutors agreed to teach the 2020-2021 season before she steps down.

For further information see the job description here (PDF).

The current series of workshops can be viewed here.


DB Competition 2018

The prizewinners in the 2018 Designer Bookbinders Bookbinding Competition were announced at the Private View at the St Bride Foundation on 14th November. Full details plus images of all the winning bindings can be seen in the COMPETITION section.



It is with great sadness that Designer Bookbinders has to report the death of Maureen Duke. Maureen was a skilled practitioner and inspirational teacher of the crafts of Bookbinding, Conservation and Restoration for 70 years.

Maureen was made 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. She was also elected as Chair, President and one of the two Patrons of the Society of Bookbinders.

She had a profound influence on students and fellow craftsmen and women across the UK and around the world and continuously motivated the members of the SoB with energy, commitment and high distinction. She commanded the deepest respect for the vigour and enthusiasm with which she preserved, nurtured and interpreted her crafts for several generations of bookbinders and craftsmen.


Man Booker Prize 2018

The six bindings of this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist will be displayed at Bonhams, Montpelier St, London SW7 1HH from Wednesday 17th October for approximately two weeks in the main reception area.

To see all the bindings and read the binders' notes go to the Booker page in the Exhibitions section.


The Bookbinding Competition 2018


Faith Shannon: 24 February 1938 - 24 August 2018

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Faith Shannon died on August 24th, after a long illness. She had been in and out of hospital throughout the summer, always hoping to get back to her bindery to continue her work.

Those of us who knew her or had the privilege of being taught by her will remember her as an inspired and dedicated binder, always expecting the highest standards of herself and her students. She was an ambassador for bookbinding as well as a staunch supporter of Designer Bookbinders, and will be sadly missed by her friends, colleagues and family.

Faith was awarded an MBE in 1977 for services to bookbinding and was made an Honorary Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2013.

Rachel Ward-Sale


DB/SoB Joint Workshops

The 2018/19 programme of Joint Workshops is now available here. As ever, places are limited so don't delay if you would like to register!



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