Volume 30 - Autumn 2010


Dates for your Diary

6th - 7th November 2010
*Bookbinders Fair, Pieterskerk, Leiden, Holland

Always an inspiring exhibition and a cosy meeting place for hand bookbinders, restorers, paper artists, calligrapher and all other interested parties (amateur or professional).

For more info: go to www.boekbindbeurs.nl

6th - 9th February 2011
*3rd Biennial Codex International Symposium and Bookfair, Berkeley, California

codexThe excitement is building as prepararations continue for the Third Biennial CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium on 6th - 9th February, 2010. It is estimated that over 3000 people will attend the four day event, with 150 presses, artists, and suppliers from all over the world exhibiting and selling at the book fair, and 250 artists, collectors, and curators participating in the 'Borders and Collaborations' symposium focusing on global collaboration to strengthen and enhance the future of the book arts.

With the success of the past two events, Codex has garnered the recognition of being the premier world's fair of fine press editions and artist's books.

Keynote Speakers:
- Paul van Capelleveen. Curator Modern Collections, Museum Meermanno, The Hague. The Contemporary Dutch Private Press.
- Richard Ovenden, FRSA, FSA. Keeper of Special Collections and Associate Director, Bodleian Library, Oxford. Book Arts in the 21st Century Research Library.
- Juan Nicanor Pascoe. Printer. Fine Printing in Mexico : Taller Martin Pescador, Michoacán
- Martha Hellion. Artist & Independent Curator. Perspectives : The Artist Book in Latin and South America.

For further information and booking, please go to: www.codexfoundation.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.
The Society of Bookbinders - London & South Region Autumn Programme

4th December 2010 - Michelle Brown - A Talk by Michelle Followed by the Christmas Party

Michelle Brown is Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and is Tutor to the History of the Book MA. She was for many years the Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, where she remains as a part-time project officer. She was, until recently, a Lay Canon and member of Chapter at St Paul's Cathedral. She has curated several major exhibitions, including Painted Labyrinth: the World of the Lindisfarne Gospels (British Library, 2003) and In the Beginning: Bibles before the Year 1000 (Smithsonian Inst.,Washington DC, 2006-7).

Michelle has lectured, published and broadcast widely on medieval manuscripts, history and Christian culture, catering for a wide range of audiences. She has delivered the Jarrow Lecture, the Sandars Lectures in Bibliography and the Toller Lecture in Anglo-Saxon Studies. Her books include The Book of Cerne: Prayer, Patronage and Power in Ninth-Century England, The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe, The Luttrell Psalter, The Holkham Bible Picture Book, Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts and The Lion Companion to Christian Art.

From her writings and lectures on the different aspects of Anglo-Saxon and medieval gospel texts, Michelle will be providing us with an insight into the role books played in our social history.

The day will start with the Bring & Buy, then after coffee we will hear Michelle Brown talk. Following the talk we will take a late buffet lunch with Christmas drinks. Numbers are not limited for this Christmas talk so all are welcome. If you are a new member or have not been to one of our meetings before then this would be a good opportunity to meet the regions diverse membership.

The workshop will be held at the Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1. The entrance to the venue is between 34 and 36 Kelly St and there is limited car parking at the rear of the building on Kentish Town Road, near the corner with Prince of Wales Road. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

4th December 2010 - Bring & Buy Sale

The Region's annual fundraising Bring & Buy will take place first thing on the December meeting at Kelly Street. Ros Long invites everyone attending to donate something, however small, and to buy. If you won't be there, do arrange to send a contribution via a friend. If you will be seeking a buyer for a more substantial item, please consider giving 25% of the sale price achieved to SoB. Early notice of likely contributions will help Ros ensure a wide range of goods offering something of interest to all.

The fee for this event is £6.00 for Society of Bookbinders members and £12.00 for non-members.

Booking forms are available from:

Ray Newberry, SoB Regional Treasurer
Silverwood, 8 Wildwood Close, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8PL

Designer Bookbinders Lectures
At The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, London WC1

Tuesday 30th November 2010, 18.30
Bruce Howard - Oak Tree Fine Press, Bound to do Good:
How a passion for books has been used to unite authors and artists around the world to help children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.

Saturday 8th January 2011
10.30 - Susan Allix - Balancing Acts:
One Artist's Books, and how words, images and bindings influence each other in the making of a complete book.

12.00 - Stephen Conway - 25 and still Counting: A short review of w25 years of running a provincial bindery.

14.00 - Tom Perkins - Contemporary Letter Carving in Stone: A personal view.

15.30 - Rosemary Temperley - Paper-Engineered Books: An explanation of paper engineering and how it has been used in the field of book publication.

Tuesday 1st February 2011, 18.30
Mel Jefferson - The Middleton Lecture:
Conservation and Preservation in the Parker Library at Cambridge University: Past present and future.

Tuesday 1st March 2011, 18.30
Jen Lindsay - Equivalents - Approaches to Making:
How can we create our best work? By looking at the work of various artists and makers the talk suggests ways in which we can develop the conditions for creative thinking and making.

Admission - DB Members - £5, Non-members - £7, Students - £2.50 per lecture
Saturday Lectures - DB Members - £18, Non-members - £26, Students - £9 per lecture
Further details are available from lectures@designerbookbinders.org.uk


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