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The OPEN • SET competition is a NEW triennial competition that formed in response to the burgeoning interest and palpable momentum in finely crafted design book bindings in the United States. Sponsored in part by the American Academy of Bookbinding, it is designed to encourage both new binders and professionals. OPEN • SET offers prizes and acknowledgement in two categories: Participants may choose to bind the SET book or a book of their choice, the OPEN category. Entries are limited to one book per category. Binders from all levels and cultures are invited to participate, as the competition is not limited to citizens of the United States nor to students or affiliates of the AAB. All entries will be reviewed by a blind jury of three professional binders. The three-member jury for the competition is: Eleanore Ramsey, David Esslemont, and Cathy Adelman.
1st place - Mark Esser - United States
2nd place - Sofía Mendizabál - Argentina
3rd place - Zigor Anguiano Calzada - Spain
1st place - Sol Rébora - Argentina
2nd place - Patricia Owen - United States
3rd place - Benjamin Elbel - Netherlands
Highly Commendable - Open catergory
Jan Camps - titling
Coleen Curry - only & inlay
Sol Rebora - endbands
Sialia Rieke - unusual materials
Dominic Riley - design
Luke Hornus - unique structure
Highly Commendable - Set Catergory
Samuel Feinstein - tooling
Susan Hulme - onlay & inlay
Adelene Koh - use of materials
Exhibition Dates and Venues
Iowa City, IO - University Of Iowa - 8th March - 19th April 2017
Telluride, CO - Ah Haa School For The Arts - 24th April - 20th May 2017
Boston, MA - North Bennett Street School - 8th June - 19th July 2017
Austin, TX - Austin Public Library - 26th July 2017 - 26th August 2017
Seattle, WA - Seattle Public Library - 8th September - 28th October 2017
Salt Lake City, UT - University Of Utah - 10th November 2017 - 19th January 2018
Further information may be found on the AABA web site at - bookbindingacademy.org
for additional information and questions, please contact Exhibition Coordinator
Lang Ingalls at - firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be lectures and demonstrations on: gold tooling; restoration and conservation; book arts; paper marbling; techniques; boxes and much more.
Keele University is in Staffordshire, in central England, just twenty minutes' drive from junctions 15 & 16 of the M6 motorway. There are direct rail links to Stoke-on-Trent from London, Manchester and Birmingham with a direct bus link to the campus.
Thursday Afternoon - please note that at this stage these are provisional and we cannot guarantee arrangements until nearer the time. However, we are planning to offer the following:
- A tour of historic Keele Hall
- A visit to Keele University Library
- Demonstrations of techniques; Paul Johnson and Pop-Up Books; Vicki Manners - Adhesives; Thomas Schmitz - Working with Vellum
Thursday Evening - The Society's Annual General Meeting will take place at 6.00 pm on the Thursday before dinner. After dinner, International Competition awards will be announced.
Friday / Saturday - Lectures and demonstrations will take place on the Friday and Saturday, and will all last one and a quarter hours. Morning sessions will be from 9.15-10.30 am and from 11.15 am to 12.30 pm; the afternoon sessions 2.00-3.15 pm and 4.00-5.15 pm. There will be three lectures / demonstrations taking place at any one time except on the Friday evening when there will be one lecture at 8.30pm.
Accommodation will be in one of the halls of residence a few minutes' walk from the Chancellor's Building. All rooms are single occupancy with en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone and free internet access.
Further details, pricing and booking information are available from
Held annually at a different location around the country, participants attend presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event.
Presentations and Presenters
Details to follow mid-2017
A supplier's trade fair will also be held throughout this event.
Further details and booking information will be available from the Guild of Book Workers web site Spring 2017 www.guildofbookworkers.org
The Set Book 2017
Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems
Introduction by Lavinia Greenlaw
The Folio edition is 216mm x 138mm, 160 pages. It is a beautifully presented collection that celebrates the radical style of a visionary American poet. Integrated wood engravings by Jane Lydbury draw on Dickinson's love of nature.
Dickinson wrote over 1,800 poems, of which a mere handful were published in her lifetime. What's more, her radical approach to rhyme, punctuation and capitalisation led her early editors to make substantial alterations to her verse, diluting her poems' power in the process. This edition follows the 1955 text edited by Thomas H. Johnson, who restored the unique form of the originals. More than 170 poems are included here, among them "Hope" is the thing with feathers -', 'Tell all the Truth but tell it slant -' and 'Because I could not stop for Death -', as well as lesser-known works.
Every entrant must bind the set book but we welcome open-choice books and artist's books. The closing date for entries will be 14th October 2017. The Annual UK Bookbinding Competition is sponsored by Designer Bookbinders and The Folio Society and is open to anyone resident in the UK with the exception of Fellows of Designer Bookbinders - Charity registration No. 282018
To obtain a copy of the 2017 set book and entry details to the competition
please visit the Designer Bookbinders web site here.
Volume 30 is now available.
A Useful and Practical Guide.