Volume 33 - Spring 2012


Dates for your Diary

*Society of Bookbinders - Education and Training Seminar at the University of Chester
Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th April 2012

Dominic Riley - Tooling without Gold Leaf
Pamela Birch - Introduction to Paper Repair
Angela Sutton - Repairing and Reattaching Damaged Boards
Dieter Rader - Edelpappband: a Classic German Binding
Barry McKay (after-dinner talk) - Books in My Life Lester Capon - Leather Paring and Covering
Tom McEwan - Creative Edge Decoration Techniques
Janine Pope - Screen Printing for Endpapers and Book Covers
Hélène Jolis - Contemporary Decorative Leather Techniques

The Seminar will start on Thursday night beginning with the AGM, followed by Dinner and informal 'show and tell' events. Delegates will be able to see all of the lectures/demonstrations for the day(s) committed. All the lectures will be projected onto large screens so that close-up work can be clearly seen. Accommodation will be in ensuite single study bedrooms. Delegates will not have to walk long distances on campus as all facilities are in close proximity.

Full details and booking information are available from www.societyofbookbinders.com

*16th Bookbinders' Fair in Sint Niklaas, Belgium.
Sunday 15th April 2012

A lovely fair and an inspiring meeting place for hand bookbinders, book and paper restorers, paper artists, calligraphers and all others interested in the associated crafts. The event is open to both professionals and amateurs.

The event will be held at: 't Bau-huis, Slachthuisstraat 60, 9100, Sint Niklaas, Belgium
Furthermore information is available from www.boekbindbeurs.nl

The ARA France Award For Young Bookbinders 2011


A design bookbinding exhibition held under the auspices of
Friends of the Art of Bookbinding of Canada (ARA Canada)

28th February - 20th April 2012 at Bibliothèue Myriam et J.-Robert Ouimet
École des Hautes Études Commerciales 3000
Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3T 2A7 - www.hec.ca

Every two years Amis de la Reliure d'Art du France (ARA France) holds a design bookbinding competition open to all students under 26 years of age trained in bookbinding and gilding in the public and private art schools of France. By awarding the Prix ARA France de la Jeune Reliure, ARA France encourages the artistic creativity in young designer bookbinders and future practitioners who have been treading the path to quality, excellence and innovation.

The 63 bookbindings of this year's bookbinding competition have been exhibited at École Estienne in Paris and at Bibliothèque de Riom, France and for a first time in its six-year history Prix ARA France de la Jeune Reliure 2011 exhibition will travel abroad and will be presented by Amis de la Reliure d'Art du Canada (ARA Canada) at Bibliothèque Myriam & J.-Robert Ouimet in Montreal, Canada.

For more information, please visit mis de la Reliure d'Art du Canada (ARA Canada) at: www.aracanada.org

Designer Bookbinders - 2nd International Bookbinding Competition - June 2013

in association with Mark Getty and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, Great Britain

"Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me, from mine own library with volumes that I prize above my dukedom." - The Tempest, ii, 166

It is with great pleasure that Designer Bookbinders announces its 2nd International Bookbinding Competition in association with Mark Getty and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. Binders worldwide are invited to enter. There will be no set book. Instead the Competition will have the theme of Shakespeare. Binders may choose any edition of Shakespeare's work in any language. They can choose his dramas, his poetic works, a single play or a collected volume, or a text relating to his life and work.

It is hoped that in freeing the binders from the constraints of a 'set book', entrants will be stimulated by the opportunity to source and work with a text of their choice and feel encouraged to use of a wide range of structures, materials, and design techniques. It is worth noting that many collectors place great importance on the quality of the text as well as the style of the binding. It is expected that there will be greater potential for binders to sell their work subsequently as there will not be multiple bindings of the same text on offer.

Further information on entry rules, costs etc. is available from the Designer Bookbinders website.

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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