Volume 42 - Autumn 2016


Dates for your Diary

Reliure Océanes


The Designer Bookbinders Competition 2016


The OPEN • SET competition 2016


The OPEN • SET competition is a NEW triennial competition that formed in response to the burgeoning interest and palpable momentum in finely crafted design book bindings in the United States. Sponsored in part by the American Academy of Bookbinding, it is designed to encourage both new binders and professionals. OPEN • SET offers prizes and acknowledgement in two categories: Participants may choose to bind the SET book or a book of their choice, the OPEN category. Entries are limited to one book per category. Binders from all levels and cultures are invited to participate, as the competition is not limited to citizens of the United States nor to students or affiliates of the AAB. All entries will be reviewed by a blind jury of three professional binders. The three-member jury for the competition is: Eleanore Ramsey, David Esslemont, and Cathy Adelman.

Registration is now closed.

2017 Exhibition venues announced! Exact dates available soon.

- Denver – Denver Public Library – mid-winter
- San Francisco – San Francisco Center for the Book – mid-winter
- Iowa City – University of Iowa – early spring
- Telluride – Ah Haa School for the Arts – late spring
- Boston – North Bennett Street School – mid-summer
- Austin – Austin Public Library – late summer
- Seattle – Seattle Public Library – fall
- Salt Lake City – University of Utah – early winter

Further information may be found on the AABA web site at - bookbindingacademy.org
for additional information and questions, please contact Exhibition Coordinator, Lang Ingalls at lang@langingalls.com

*Codex VI - Bookfair and Symposium
5th-8th February 2017 - Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA 94804

www.codexfoundation.orgcodexThe 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 fifth biennial Codex International Book Fair and Symposium.

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

2017 Australian National Conference of Bookbinders
25th-27th March 2017

Australian Bookbinder

The 2017 bookbinding conference in Canberra promises to be inspiring, exciting and most enjoyable. Binders from all places are talking about it, from Europe to the Americas and of course Australia and New Zealand. So don't forget the date - 25th till 27th March 2017. This is an event for all binders: those who are just starting out; those who are a bit experienced; and the professional binder.

What will be happening? There will be demonstrations of various binding techniques by Australian and overseas binders; information about leather - what is best for binders to achieve the results we all crave; ways to house our beautiful bindings; inspirations on endpapers; etc. etc. There will be trade tables offering a variety of leathers, papers, tools and lots more that will become essentials for our collections.

The programme and registration will be out mid-year. You can expect an exciting and stimulating few days.

Venue: Anne Harding Conference Centre
University of Canberra

Further information and registration - www.canberrabookbinders.org.au

*The Society of Bookbinders Education & Training Conference 2017, Keele University, Staffordshire
3rd-6th August 2017

There will be lectures and demonstrations on: gold tooling; restoration and conservation; book arts; paper marbling; techniques; boxes and much more.

Keele University is in Staffordshire, in central England, just twenty minutes' drive from junctions 15 & 16 of the M6 motorway. There are direct rail links to Stoke-on-Trent from London, Manchester and Birmingham with a direct bus link to the campus.


Thursday Afternoon - please note that at this stage these are provisional and we cannot guarantee arrangements until nearer the time. However, we are planning to offer the following:

- A tour of historic Keele Hall
- A visit to Keele University Library
- Demonstrations of techniques; Paul Johnson and Pop-Up Books; Vicki Manners - Adhesives; Thomas Schmitz - Working with Vellum

Thursday Evening - The Society's Annual General Meeting will take place at 6.00 pm on the Thursday before dinner. After dinner, International Competition awards will be announced.

Friday / Saturday - Lectures and demonstrations will take place on the Friday and Saturday, and will all last one and a quarter hours. Morning sessions will be from 9.15-10.30 am and from 11.15 am to 12.30 pm; the afternoon sessions 2.00-3.15 pm and 4.00-5.15 pm. There will be three lectures / demonstrations taking place at any one time except on the Friday evening when there will be one lecture at 8.30pm.

Accommodation will be in one of the halls of residence a few minutes' walk from the Chancellor's Building. All rooms are single occupancy with en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone and free internet access.

Further details, pricing and booking information are available from

Designer Bookbinders 3rd International Bookbinding Competition 2017


*The Guild of Book Workers - Standards of Excellence Seminar in Hand Bookbinding 2017
25th-27th October 2017, Tacoma, WA

Held 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
Details to follow mid-2017

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

Further details and booking information will be available from the Guild of Book Workers web site Spring 2017 www.guildofbookworkers.org

Designer Bookbinders - Annual UK Bookbinding Competition 2017

The Set Book 2017
Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems

Introduction by Lavinia Greenlaw

The Folio edition is 216mm x 138mm, 160 pages. It is a beautifully presented collection that celebrates the radical style of a visionary American poet. Integrated wood engravings by Jane Lydbury draw on Dickinson's love of nature.

Dickinson wrote over 1,800 poems, of which a mere handful were published in her lifetime. What's more, her radical approach to rhyme, punctuation and capitalisation led her early editors to make substantial alterations to her verse, diluting her poems' power in the process. This edition follows the 1955 text edited by Thomas H. Johnson, who restored the unique form of the originals. More than 170 poems are included here, among them '"Hope" is the thing with feathers -', 'Tell all the Truth but tell it slant -' and 'Because I could not stop for Death -', as well as lesser-known works.

Every entrant must bind the set book but we welcome open-choice books and artist's books. The closing date for entries will be 14th October 2017. The Annual UK Bookbinding Competition is sponsored by Designer Bookbinders and The Folio Society and is open to anyone resident in the UK with the exception of Fellows of Designer Bookbinders - Charity registration No. 282018

To obtain a copy of the 2017 set book and entry details to the competition
please visit the Designer Bookbinders web site here.

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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