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*The Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Conference, Bath
29th August - 1st September 2019


Conference 2019 brings an exciting change of venue for us, giving you a chance to visit the ancient Roman City of Bath.

The Conference provides a great opportunity for bookbinders of all levels to see demonstrations by knowledgeable experts in a wide range of fields. Amateurs and those with less experience will find inspiration and encouragement; professionals will gain new ideas. If you have not been to a Conference before, you will find it easy to make new friends and to talk to the speakers and other top-level binders. You will find them approachable and always willing to discuss bookbinding matters with you. Competition books will be on display throughout for you to view and enjoy.

The Trade Fair suppliers will be attending with bookbinding materials, tools and books for sale.

- Jonathan Bloom - Paper before Print
- Glenn Malkin - Airbrushing for the artistically challenged
- Glenn Bartley - A box lined with velvet
- Edward Cheese - Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge - Books, Libraries & Museum: Problems and Possibilities for Book Conservation
- Sün Evrard - Conservation binding in stone veneer
- Pascale Therond - Gold Tooling
- Nesta Davies - Tacketed Bindings
- Tine Noreille - Perfect Measuring, Cutting and Folding
- Sol Rebora - Reversible Stubs, a technical element useful for conservation of the book and binding
- Cristina Balbiano D'Aramengo - When printmaking, typography and bookbinding meet the backstage of limited art editions
- Peter Jones - Leather Inlays and Onlays
- Midori Kunikata Cockram - Sunago - the Japanese art of decorating paper with gold leaf
- Lester Capon - Perforated Vellum Bindings

Further details and registration information can be found on the Society's web site at

*Guild of Bookworkers Standards of Excellence Seminar, Philadelphia
24th-26th October 2019


The 2019 Standards of Excellence Seminar will be hosted in Philadelphia, PA. The seminar will include presentations from:

Jeff Altepeter - Metalworking for Book Workers
Rebecca Chamlee - The Art Of Nature Printing
Julia Miller - Modeling Ambiguity: Lessons Learned
Graham Pattern - The Continuously Convoluting Carousel

The Standards of excellence Seminar is open to all regardless of membership status. Registration closes September 15, 2019. Registration is limited to 150 people. A wait list will be created if registration passes 150.

All questions regarding registration payments should be directed to Laura Bedford, GBW Treasurer at treasurer@guildofbookworkers.org. Other questions regarding the Seminar should be directed to MP Bogan, Standards Chair at standards@guildofbookworkers.org.

All events will occur at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia, except the Area Tours and the Reception. The Program Packet will contain all necessary information regarding locations of events, timing and scheduling, as well as information on local sites, restaurant recommendations and more.

Further information and online registration can be found on the Guild's website at www.guildofbookworkers.org

The OPEN • SET competition 2020

open set

Registration for OPEN • SET is now open!

The OPEN • SET competition and exhibition is a triennial event in the United States, featuring finely crafted design bookbindings. Sponsored by the American Academy of Bookbinding, it is designed to encourage both new binders and professionals, and is open to binders around the world. OPEN • SET 2020 offers prizes and acknowledgement in two categories: participants may choose to bind a book of their choice in the Open Category, or bind a book that the competition provides in the Set Category. Entries are limited to one book per category, per binder.

The Set Book for the competition is a commissioned work designed and printed by Russell Maret, a highly recognized letterpress printer from New York. For his biography and description of the Set Book, click here. Binders are invited to work expressively inside the book while creating the binding. It is the hope of the organizers that the Set Book - by inviting a more involved response throughout the whole book - will encourage a fire of creativity in the submissions.

Binders from all levels and cultures are invited to participate, as OPEN • SET is not limited to citizens of the United States nor to students or affiliates of AAB. All entries will be reviewed by a blind jury of three professional binders. The three members for the jury are Monique Lallier, Mark Esser, and Patricia Owen. To read their biographies, click here. Books selected for the exhibition will travel to four major cities throughout the year 2020.

2020 Exhibition venues!

New York City - The Grolier Club
San Francisco - The American Bookbinders Museum
Salt Lake City - Marriot Library, University of Utah
Austin - Austin Public Library

First place $3000
Second Place $2000
Third Place $1000

First place $3000
Second Place $2000
Third Place $1000

Multiple Highly Commendable recognition prizes of $100 are awarded to bindings that exhibit an extraordinary implementation of a particular feature of the binding such as headbands, onlays, inlays, design, use of unusual materials, unusual structure, tooling, etc.

OPEN • SET would like to express our appreciation to Harmatan and Oakridge Leathers
and J Hewit and Sons Ltd. for their generous sponsorship of these awards.

August 15, 2018: Registration opens
May 1, 2019: Registration closes
September 1, 2019: Submission due
September 2019: Jury review
November 2019: Non-exhibition books returned
Full year 2020: Exhibition travels
January 2021: Exhibition books returned

Further information may be found on the AAB web site at - bookbindingacademy.org

J. Hewit & Sons will have a stand at the event(s) marked '*'. If you would like us to bring specific items for you to purchase, please let us know at least 4 weeks in advance of the event.
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