Autumn Masterclasses Announced
Sep 29-30: Dominic Riley - 'Knife Sharpening, Leather Paring and Covering'
Each Masterclass will be held at the St Bride bindery in Central London with a maximum class size of only 6 students, so early booking is recommended.
Full details here.
Rare Books London 2018: A Talk on Printing and Bookbinding
This event has been organised in conjunction with Birkbeck's Arts Week and Designer Bookbinders. The panel will be comprised of those who work in the industry - including DB Fellow Lester Capon - and individuals who collect fine bindings. Panelists will explore various perspectives on bookbinding and will examine the role of bookbinding in the modern age.
The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception, kindly sponsored by the Private Libraries Association.
The event is free but booking is essential via Eventbrite.
The UoL Bibliophiles Committee
Turn the Page Symposium
Symposiums dedicated to book arts are rare, and it is their hope that this first year will be successful enough to make the symposium an annual event, hosted yearly in conjunction with the Turn the Page.
You can register and pay for tickets can be found here.
Turn the Page are offering a discount code, allowing just the early bird fee to be paid for tickets! When you submit the registration form you should include 'SHARE2018' in your email.
HCA/Marsh Trainer Award
DB Now: Exhibition of Design Bindings at St Bride Foundation
Images of the exhibition can be seen on the DB Now page in the EXHIBITIONS section.
New Fellow For Designer Bookbinders
Haein picked up the Mansfield Medal for the best book in the competition in the 2017 Annual Competition, for her beautifully restrained binding of Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems.
DB Annual Competition 2018
The Illustrated Man is Ray Bradbury at his very best - sixteen startling tales that built on his breakout collection The Martian Chronicles and paved the way for his dystopian masterpiece Fahrenheit 451.
At first glance, this is science fiction rooted firmly in 1950s America - the paranoia of McCarthyism, apocalyptic fears of the Cold War, concern about colonial ambitions, racial segregation and the dangers of television. But as Bradbury's stories rise before us, we find that the questions he asks, and the anxieties he explores, are universal. In her insightful introduction, Margaret Atwood explores Bradbury's unique talent and how encountering his work in her formative years shaped her own writing.
You can order your copy of The Illustrated Man here.
Announcing a New Study Opportunity: BOOK CAMP - 2018 June 8-17
Limp Vellum Binding with Michael Burke
George Barlee 1927-2018
George was Head of Management at J. Hewit & Sons for many years, during which time he oversaw radical modernisation of the company's tanning processes, culminating in the award of a Royal Warrant in 1975. George remained a warrant holder until his retirement in 1992.
In 1994 he was appointed as the President of the Society of Bookbinders, a position he held for four years.
For more information, visit the J. Hewit & Sons website.
Designer Bookbinders Day of Lectures
Saturday 5th May 2018
Lara Artemis: Inside the Parliamentary Archive
Full details on the LECTURES page.
AGM Speaker Announced
Christopher is an illustrator, printmaker and artist. He studied at the Royal College of Art, where he met and later assisted the master of the linocut, Edward Bawden snr. He is visiting lecturer in Fashion Menswear at Central St Martins and in MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts.
His clients include the Folio Society, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The New Yorker, The Bay Tree Food Company. His work has been exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy, The Fry Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and St.Judes Gallery and Michael Parkin Fine Art.
Christopher has written and illustrated An Alphabet of London (Merrell) and is currently working on An Alphabet of England. He has recently worked on illustrations for the Museum of London for
Wim Visscher MBE
Wim has worked tirelessly to keep this ancient craft alive. Congratulations, Wim! He will be one of the speakers at the HCA Crafts for the Future conference on 24 March. (details here)
World Book Day at Windsor Castle
World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading. On 2-3 March in this, the 21st year, Windsor Castle will be marking its unique contribution to the world of books.
Saturday 24th March (11am - 6pm) - Sunday 25th March (10am - 5pm)
Admission for the two days is £5 and includes a catalogue.
More details here.
Designer Bookbinders is pleased to be taking part again in London Craft Week at St Bride. London Craft Week is an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.
Designer Bookbinders and the St Bride Foundation collaborate with a week of events celebrating fine printing and design bookbinding, including demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions and have-a-go sessions.
There are three key events for your diary happening over the course of LCW as follows:
DB Now: Exhibition of Design Bindings
Full details can be found here.
Designer Bookbinders Bursaries
The bursaries are aimed at:
The Number of bursaries is limited and they are available to bookbinders and practitioners of the craft who are seriously and actively pursuing ways to extend their skills and learning.
Applications will be accepted anytime after classes are announced but MUST arrive no later than 3 weeks prior to the class date. Participants who have already booked for the upcoming 2018 masterclasses are eligible to apply immediately.
Anyone who wishes to take advantage of these bursaries is asked to email or write to the DB Secretary naming the Masterclass or Workshop of choice. They will then be asked to complete an application form to be considered before an award is made.
If you would like any further information please contact the Secretary, Wendy Hood.
Designer Bookbinders Day of Lectures 2018
Full details are available here.
Designer Bookbinders Masterclasses 2017
Class size is restricted to 6 students so early booking is strongly recommended.
Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition: 2017 Winners Exhibition
The Private View will take place on Thursday 18th January from 6-8pm and an invitation to this is open to everyone who wishes to attend. The Exhibition continues until 1st February.
Opening times: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
If you have any news or information for this page, please email the website manager
The Bookbinding Competition 2017
Full details of all the prize-winners can be found in the COMPETITION section.
Heroic Works Goes International!
The Man Booker Bindings for 2017
The Dinner and Prize announcement of the Man Booker took place on Tuesday 17th October. The six Man Booker binders for this year were: Mark Cockram, Stephen Conway, Sue Doggett, Kate Holland, Derek Hood and Tom McEwan. The bindings can be seen in the Exhibitions section.
Unfortunately, there will be no display of the bindings this year as the usual venue for the display was unable to accommodate them. Next year, 2018, will be the 50th Anniversary of the Booker Prize and it is hoped that there will be a display of a selection of the past Booker bindings to coincide with the celebrations. The Booker bindings organiser will be keeping in close contact with the PR company about this and we will inform members of any further info about this.
Hannah Brown becomes the Publications and Events Manager (PEM) for Designer Bookbinders
The role also involves getting DB events properly publicised, this includes using social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and sending notices to everyone on the mailing list as appropriate. Part of Hannah's new role as PEM will also be to source new outlets for advertising such as in magazines, newsletters etc.
Hannah would welcome any feedback on her new role, or suggestions for places that DB could advertise that we have yet not tried in order to reach a larger audience. If you have any suggestions, Hannah would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Designer Bookbinders on Instagram!
Queen's Bindery Apprentice Scheme
They are initially employed in a two-year foundation training programme at the end of which, if successful in assessment of their progress, they will be offered a further three years to begin developing areas of specialism. Alongside this, apprentices in the scheme undertake work experience in a variety of binderies from small one-person concerns to large commercial businesses.
Eleanor Lanham and Matthew Stockl have just completed the first year of their apprenticeships, culminating in both attaining City & Guilds Levels 1 and 2 Awards in bookbinding, the latter with distinction. A report of their their first year can be seen here (PDF).
QBAS now has a blog hosted by the Stationers' Company.
Philippa Räder, Head of the Royal Bindery
London Craft Week 2018
2018 DB Annual Bookbinding Competition
Otherwise the schedule for the competition remains the same and we expect the date for completion of entries will be 13th October 2018.
Full details and pictures of all the prizewinners in the 2017 competition are now available in the COMPETITION section.
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.
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."