Volume 34 - Autumn 2012


Dates for your Diary

*The Guild of Book Workers - Standards of Excellence Seminar in Hand Bookbinding 2012
11th-13th October 2012, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

gbwHeld 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
Daniel Kelm - Binding Structures Featuring Removable Pages
Steve Miller - The Sandragraph Approach
J. Franklin Mowery - A Conservator's Journey Through History
Pamela Smith - Marbling: Traditional and More

A supplier's trade fair will also be held throughout this event.

Further details and booking information are available from the Guild of Book Workers web site at www.guildofbookworkers.org

*The 14th Bookbinders Book Arts Fair, Pieterskerk, Leiden, Holland
3rd - 4th November 2012

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.stichting-handboekbinden.nl

*Codex IV - Bookfair and Symposium
10th-14th February 2013 - Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA 94804

codexThe Codex Foundation are gathering together a congress of the world's finest private presses, book artisans, artists, curators, collectors and scholars in the spirit of an Old West rendezvous for the fourth biennial Codex International Book Fair and Symposium.

Further information and booking can be obtained from the Codex Foundation web site, www.codexfoundation.org

*The Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Conference 2013
29th-31st August 2013, Leeds Metropolitan University, Headingley Campus

SoBThe Society of Bookbinders' nineteenth Education and Training Conference will run from the afternoon of Thursday 29th August to the morning of Sunday 1st September 2013, and will be held at Leeds Metropolitan University's Headingley Campus, which is just to the north of Leeds City Centre.

The speakers include some new names as well as more familiar ones, and the Society looks forward to welcoming them as well as Society members and non-members to the Conference 2013 at Leeds Met.

Kate Brett - History of Marbling: recipes and methods
Stuart Brockman - Gold finishing: general and repair
Terry Buckley - Forwarding techniques: theory and practice
Sue Doggett - From book to binding: a book artist's interaction with the text
Don Etherington (USA) - Stiff board vellum with slotted spine
Yvette Fletcher - Acid deterioration in leather ('red rot') and its treatment
Sue Hufton - The St John's Bible project
Peter Jones - Composite boards: wood, acrylic and carbon fibre in combinations with conventional materials
Ed King - Victorian decorated book covers: the designs of John Leighton and William Harry Rogers
Monique Lallier (USA) - Edge to edge doublures
Adam Larsson (Sweden) - Mediaeval techniques for modern design
Richard Nichols - 'Conservation or Restoration?' Ethical challenges in the treatment and binding of hand- written and archival volumes.
Stephan Ortbauer (Austria) - Small books, big books: twenty years of custom-made artist's books
Philippa Räder - The rebinding of Audubon's Birds of America from the Royal Collection
Tracey Rowledge - Gold tooling on paper
Karen Vidler - How to read bookbinding leather

Sideshows and Excursions - Following the popularity of these at the last Conference we will be holding some informal demonstrations on the Thursday afternoon. There will also be visits to local places of interest, and we hope to be able to include some local libraries. Leeds itself is well worth a visit and is easily accessible by bus from the main road near the Leeds Metropolitan campus. There will be a printed guide to a walk around the City Centre to help you make the most of your time there.

Bookbinding Competition - Entries for the SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2013 will be on display near the lecture halls, and the winners of the various categories will be announced on the Saturday evening just before the Conference Dinner. Details are included with this leaflet, and more information, as well as the registration form, can be found on the SoB website. The closing date for registration for the competition is Friday June 14th 2013, and entries must be sent to the competition organisers between Monday July 8th and Friday July 12th 2013.

Suppliers' Fair - This will be held in one of the university sports halls, a few minutes' walk from the James Graham building and the residential accommodation. Major companies specialising in materials, tools and equipment relating to bookbinding and conservation will be there, as well as some smaller ones, and this is an excellent opportunity to see and feel what is available, and to benefit from special offers. The fair will be open from 10.30 am on the Friday and there will be time between lectures to visit the fair, as well as early on Friday evening.

Further Information regarding, catering, accommodation and fees is available from the Societies web site at: www.societyofbookbinders.com

Designer Bookbinders Lectures - Winter 2012

The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1
Nearest underground stations: Holborn and Russell Square
Admission: DB members & full time students £5.00, non-members £7.00, per lecture

Jane Roberts - Fine Bindings In The Royal Library
Tuesday 2nd October 2012 - 18.30

In this illustrated talk Jane Roberts will survey a selection of the fine bindings in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, including the work of some of the greatest British and Continental binders, produced for presentation to members of the Royal Family over many centuries. The talk will also mention the continuing work of the Royal Bindery, where conservation work on the books in the Royal Collection is undertaken.

Jane Roberts has worked in the Royal Collection since January 1975, when she was appointed Curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle - in which all the old master drawings in the Royal Collection are kept. She has a BA Hons degree in History and History of Art from Westfield College, University of London, and an MA from the Courtauld Institute. In the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s she curated numerous exhibitions of selections of drawings and watercolours from the Royal Collection. In addition to writing and editing catalogues, she has also published (and lectured) widely on the Royal Collection, including books on Holbein (1979, 1987, 1993), Leonardo da Vinci (1977, 1989), Royal Artists (1987), Sandby's Views of Windsor (1990, 1995), Royal Landscape (1997), and several titles in the Royal Collection's series of popular illustrated 'souvenir albums', including Queen Elizabeth II. A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album (2011).

Glenn Storhaug - Eric Gill As Engraver And Illustrator
Tuesday 6th November 2012 - 18.30

Focusing on Gill's work with The Golden Cockerel Press, in particular The Canterbury Tales and the legacy of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Eric Gill and Robert Gibbings collaborated as artist and publisher on The Golden Cockerel Press's four-volume The Canterbury Tales only 32 years after Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris collaborated in an almost identical way on The Kelmscott Chaucer. The Kelmscott volume is widely regarded as one of the finest books ever printed in Britain, but Gill and Gibbings came much closer to the spirit of Chaucer, argues Glenn Storhaug. Their work celebrates the poet with great wit and perception, while the actual design and printing are the first realization of their shared dream: the marriage of wood and metal - a truly creative relationship between engraved woodblock illustrations and cast metal type. Glenn Storhaug will illustrate his talk with many images by Burne-Jones and Gill, as well as the rarely-seen working drawings and block-proofs privately saved by Gill. He will also read passages from The Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English.

Since studying English Literature at Oxford, Glenn Storhaug has devoted himself to teaching, writing, publishing, book-design and translating. His small literary publishing house, Five Seasons Press, has produced individually designed books (chiefly of poetry) for the last 35 years - www.fiveseasonspress.com.

Further details from Mark Cockram: 0208 563 2158 or studio5bookarts@aol.co.uk

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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