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London Craft Week 2017
Plans for an expanded DB contribution to this year's event have been announced.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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
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 www.ethiopianheritagefund.org)
25% of proceeds to Designer Bookbinders (registered charity no. 282018)
Romilly's Tools: an incomplete
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.
treatment and use of light of the objects are magical, and the
book would make a lovely Christmas present for bookbinders and photographers
Available in the online
shop and the members'