Volume 35 - Spring 2013


Dates for your Diary

*17th Bookbinders' Fair in Sint Niklaas, Belgium.
Sunday 28th April 2013

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

*Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) Conference
11th-13th July 2013, The Art Department, University of Calgary

cbbagIn celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) is pleased to present its first national book arts conference in conjunction with the opening of Art of the Book 2013 Exhibition. There is an exciting line-up of extraordinary presenters, as well as a related workshops series.

Events Schedule:
6th-10th July Workshops - Sün Evrard, Victoria Hall, Jim Westergard, Jason Dewinetz
11th July - Conference Registration. Evening: Reception and Keynote Address by Sün Evrard
12th July - Morning and afternoon: two three-hour Presentations; Evening: Art of the Book 2013 Exhibition Opening
13th July - Morning and afternoon: two three-hour Presentations; Evening: CBBAG AGM, Banquet, Auction
14th July - Rocky Mountains Tour
15th-19th July - Workshops: Sün Evrard, Victoria Hall, Julia Miller, Jim Westergard

The Art Department of the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is both the location and partial sponsor of the conference. Accommodation is at the university's own Hotel Alma and dormitory residences. Conference registration includes:
- All four presentations and the keynote address.
- The opening reception for CBBAG's Art of the Book 2013 exhibition.
- The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild Annual General Meeting.
- Trade fair room, displaying items from CBBAG Regional Chapters, suppliers, artists, and arts groups.

There are optional in-depth, five-day pre- and post-conference workshops, and a banquet with fundraising auction. There is also a Rocky Mountains Tour available.

Please see the Conference Package/Application Form PDF for further details on optional events, accommodation information, trade fair/vendor information registration form

*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 August 29th to the morning of Sunday September 1st 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

*UK Fine Press Book Fair at Oxford Brooks University, Oxford
2nd - 3rd November 2013

Every two years, the UK Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) works with the Fine Press Book Association (FPBA) to organise the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford, UK. This is the largest international show of fine presses and their work outside North America. Specialist fair for collectors of private and fine press books; includes exhibitors from the Fine Press Book Association, plus binders, paper makers, suppliers, etc.

Admission - Admission by catalogue at the door on the day. Valid both days, it includes admission to all of the lectures on the second day. Admission price, including catalogue and lectures, is £5 per person. Refreshments will be available.

Exhibitors - The exhibitors will include private presses from the UK, the Americas, Russia, Asia, and continental Europe, as well as dealers in fine press books, suppliers of fine printing materials, and related societies. A full list of exhibitors will be published closer to the day.

Lecture Programme - There will be the usual set of lectures on the Sunday, running hourly from 1100. The programme will be announced closer to the day.

Further details are available from:
Toby English, Fair Manager
10 St.Mary's Street
Wallingford, OX10 0EL, UK
tel/fax +44 (0)1491 836 389

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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