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Bookbinding: Conservation and Repair Tutor required
City Lit, Covent Garden, London

£35.78 per hour inclusive of pro rata holiday entitlement and preparation time.
Variable teaching hours per term

Are you an experienced and creative Bookbinding Tutor? Then join us to plan, teach and evaluate courses, helping to bring together people across the capital and beyond and to enrich lives through learning.

You'll be a key contributor to our thriving School of Visual Arts, where you will join a team delivering teaching and learning across a range of levels from beginner to advanced learners. City Lit Bookbinding courses are part of an exciting provision of arts and design courses which aim to provide access to general skills alongside more specialist workshops in a range of relevant subject areas. We are particularly looking for Tutors with experience of conservation, repair and gold tooling.

Please submit your CV and a covering letter, detailing your skills and experience. You will particularly attract our interest if this covers:

• A relevant qualification in bookbinding, including conservation and repair.
• A thorough and demonstrable knowledge of bookbinding conservation and repair.
• Experience of teaching adults in an area relevant to bookbinding.
• An up-to-date knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject that can inspire students.

City Lit promotes and values equality and diversity.
Closing Date: 30 January 2022. Interview Dates: TBC.

Please visit City Lit Careers for full details and job description.


Books and Manuscripts Sale at Bonhams
Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, are having a large Books and Manuscripts sale this Wednesday, 1st December. There are a variety of bindings in the sale by Fellows and Former fellows of Designer Bookbinders including Trevor Jones, Philip Smith, Glenn Bartley, James Brockman, Stuart Brockman, Lester Capon, Jeff Clements, Mark Cockram, Stephen Conway, Paul Delrue, Kate Holland and David Sellars.

Bonhams in Knightsbridge are also currently displaying the unique collection of boards designed and made by Fellows and Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders on the theme of architecture. The collaborative project, Architecture and Bookbinding, consists of an oak box with thirty individual boards, collectively creating a wonderful snapshot of the richly diverse approaches to modern bookbinding in the early 21st century.

For more information about the sale please see the Bonhams website.


Derek Hood, Fellow of Designer Bookbinders 2009-2021

It is with immense sadness that we have to announce the death of Derek Hood on 21 October 2021. Derek became a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2009 and will be a great loss to the Society as a binder and as a friend.

Our love and thoughts go to Wendy and the family.


Jeff Clements MBE

It is with great sadness that Designer Bookbinders must announce the death of Jeff Clements. Jeff was elected as a Fellow of The Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders, (later to become known as Designer Bookbinders) in 1957 and was President of Designer Bookbinders from 1981-83. Jeff lived and worked in England until 1988, at which point he moved to Amsterdam.

An artist bookbinder, painter, and graphic designer, he was an Art and Design Educationist from 1961-1988 and examiner until 2006. His fine bindings were usually bound in goatskin with inlays, and more recently he made extensive use of feathered onlays. The designs grew out of the text but invariably retained a strong vertical/horizontal and oblique stress relationship, with sculptured boards playing an important role in the composition.

Jeff exhibited regularly with Designer Bookbinders and in Europe, America and Japan. His bindings are in major public and private collections throughout the European Union and the USA.

In 2021 Jeff retired from being a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders after making more than a hundred and sixty contemporary fine bindings.

Designer Bookbinders would like to express their sympathy to all of Jeff's family and friends, he will be greatly missed.


Talks by US and UK binders of the
La Prose du Transsibérien recreations now on YouTube

Twenty-five binders from the USA, Canada and the UK were commissioned to bind a copy of a facsimile of the 1913 La Prose du Transsibérien by Sonia Delaunay and Blaise Cendrars, published in 2018 by Two Hands Press. The exhibit commenced in 2019 in San Francisco, travelled to Los Angeles and Boston in 2020, and was shown virtually at Minnesota Center for the Book in 2021. The exhibit has been curated by Kitty Maryatt, with Simon Eccles and Toby Schwartzburg as Co-Curators.

On Saturday 2nd October, Designer Bookbinders facilitated an online event where the participating US and UK binders of the facsimile of La Prose du Transsibérien discussed the process of designing and executing their bindings. The event, which was moderated by Kitty Maryatt, the creator of the facsimile, was recorded and is now available to view on YouTube.


The Book Beautiful 4-25 October

A new exhibition of hand-crafted bindings by internationally-acclaimed contemporary bookbinders in one of London's most famous rare book stores: Maggs Bros., 48 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DR

Exhibition Dates: 4th October to 25th October 2021 Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm no booking required.

Featured Binders: Glenn Bartley, Richard Beadsmoore, James Brockman, Stuart Brockman, Lester Capon, Jeff Clements, Mark Cockram, Sue Doggett, Eri Funazaki, Flora Ginn, Kate Holland, Angela James, Peter Jones, Midori Kunikata-Cockram, Kaori Maki, Tom McEwan, Haein Song, Gillian Stewart, Anne Thornton, Rachel Ward-Sale


Designer Bookbinders are seeking a Treasurer
The Treasurer plays a key role in the Society taking responsibility for managing the accounts and advising the Executive Committee on financial matters. Designer Bookbinders undertake interesting projects from international exhibitions, competitions, and online events, to masterclasses and workshops. The role is part-time and flexible. Designer Bookbinders will offer an annual contract for the role with an honorarium. The role-holder must be based in the UK.

If you are interested in taking on this key and interesting role, or know of a suitable person, please ask for more information by emailing:


Nicholas McDowall

'As some of you may now have heard, our beloved father and friend, Nicolas, founder and creator of The Old Stile Press, died on July 31st 2021 after a short illness and recent diagnosis of cancer. This came as a shock to all our family and has been especially saddening given we had just moved from Scotland in order to be closer to him.

Dad was the creator and inspiration for The Old Stile Press and his vision and ability to work with artists to create these beautiful publications was second to none.

Life and the Old Stile Press very much goes on and I will continue to run the press in all it's capacity. Although there will be no further publications, all books will be available via the website. All contact details will remain the same, but do please keep up to date with our website and we will shortly launch a new Facebook page which I will share with you soon.

The current situation may lead to a delay in fulfilment but please be assured that our books are available for purchase as always and we hope to see many of you at book fairs when Covid restrictions allow.'

Cressida and Daniel, The Old Stile Press Ltd


Fine Books and Collections Online Magazine
We are very pleased to have had The Designer Bookbinders UK Competition featured in the online Fine Books and Collections Magazine. Following the Awards Ceremony on Friday 30th April the major award (The Mansfield Medal) was won by Thomas Hosking for his goatskin binding of Mort by Terry Pratchett featuring a scythe-shaped void.



Designer Bookbinders are very pleased to announce 'Architecture and Bookbinding'

This is a unique collection of boards designed and made by Fellows and Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders on the theme of architecture. Twenty-nine prominent contemporary binders responded with enthusiasm to Fellow Lester Capon's suggestion for the production of this special project and collectively created a wonderful snapshot of the richly diverse approaches to modern bookbinding in the early 21st century.

The box and boards are now available for sale as a complete set, POA. Any interested parties should please contact Lester Capon directly. We also have a number of 'Architecture and Bookbinding' pamphlets available for sale at £5.00 containing images of all the boards and descriptions from the binders who made them.

Full details and pictures of all the boards can be see in the Exhibitions section.


New Online Secondhand Antiquarian & Bookshop
Lester Capon, Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and one of the exhibiting members of our current online bookbinding exhibition ABC (Art, Book, Craft) has a new website, Theoc Books, selling secondhand and antiquarian books. Any binders looking for texts to bind for competitions or speculative work might find items of interest here!

Theoc is short for Theocsbury, the Anglo Saxon name for what is now Tewkesbury, where Lester is based.



Bookbinding Videos
We have been fortunate to be offered some videos which we would like to share with you. They will bring you a couple of hours of binding and design escapism! One of the videos is James Brockman giving a lecture on his Concave Spine structure, the other, filmed by Rodney Crouch, is an interview with Edgar Mansfield and James Brockman on a collaborative project they did. Many thanks to James for letting us share these and we hope you enjoy them.





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