Volume 43 - Spring 2017


Dates for your Diary

London Craft Week 2017

London Craft Week is an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.

St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ - 020 7353 4660
Wednesday 3rd May - Saturday 6th May

Following the success of last years London Craft Week, Designer Bookbinders and St Bride Foundation are planning a bigger and better event for 2017, with more activities taking place throughout the building.

The DB Now exhibition will be on show in the Layton room from April 24th - May 6th from 10.00-17.00(the room may occasionally be closed so please contact St Bride Foundation to check). On Saturday 6th there will be an open day from 10.00-17.00, with many events for visitors to enjoy.

The demonstrations this year will be:
- 10.30 Midori Kunikata-Cockram; Japanese binding
- 12.30 Glenn Bartley; Gold tooled lines and borders
- 15.00Mark Cockram; Cold gold decoration.

A new event this year will be tutorial sessions where three binders discuss the design and execution of a binding:
- 11.00 Annette Friedrich - 13.00 Sue Doggett - 14.30pm Peter Jones.

Full details will be on the LCW website where tickets can be booked. These events are free but places are limited and were soon booked up last year. There may be a few returns available on the day so book early to avoid disappointment.

The trade fair will be taking place again, where you can buy leather, hand marbled paper and other bookbinding materials and tools. Throughout the day there will be on-going demonstrations in the Layton room and a 'have a go' area in the Bridewell Hall where visitors can make a simple soft covered notebook.

St Bride will be running printing and binding classes throughout the week and demonstrations during the open day, when they will also be displaying selected books from their superb library.

Refreshments will be available so come along, catch the events, stock up with materials (think of the postage you will be saving) and make a day of it.

- Leathersellers' Company - an Exhibition of leather craft
- Bill Amberg Studio
- Designer Bookbinders at St. Brides

London Craft Week

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.


Open Catergory
1st place - Mark Esser - United States
2nd place - Sofía Mendizabál - Argentina
3rd place - Zigor Anguiano Calzada - Spain

Set Catergory
1st place - Sol Rébora - Argentina
2nd place - Patricia Owen - United States
3rd place - Benjamin Elbel - Netherlands

Highly Commendable - Open catergory
Jan Camps - titling
Coleen Curry - only & inlay
Sol Rebora - endbands
Sialia Rieke - unusual materials
Dominic Riley - design
Luke Hornus - unique structure

Highly Commendable - Set Catergory
Samuel Feinstein - tooling
Susan Hulme - onlay & inlay
Adelene Koh - use of materials

Exhibition Dates and Venues

Telluride, CO - Ah Haa School For The Arts - 24th April - 20th May 2017
Boston, MA - North Bennett Street School - 8th June - 19th July 2017
Austin, TX - Austin Public Library - 26th July 2017 - 26th August 2017
Seattle, WA - Seattle Public Library - 8th September - 28th October 2017
Salt Lake City, UT - University Of Utah - 10th November 2017 - 19th January 2018

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

*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

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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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