Volume 44 - Autumn 2017


Dates for your Diary

Heroic Works Touring Exhibition


The Touring Exhibition of the 3rd International Bookbinding Competition Heroic Works will run from 3rd-14th October 2017 in the Layton Room, St. Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, (off Fleet Street) London EC4Y 8EQ

Opening times: Monday to Friday 11.00-18.00 and Saturday 11.00-16.00

On display will be the 28 prizewinning bindings and a further 46 selected bindings.

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

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

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

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

Exhibition Dates and Venues

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 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
- Aimee Lee - Make and Use Hanji: Applications for Korean Paper
- Suzanne Moore - Much Ado about Nothing: Concept, Design & Techniques in Editioning "Zero: Cypher of Infinity"
- Gabrielle Fox - Covered and Visible: Protected Multi-section Pamphlet Stitch Structure
- Don Glaister - Gold Tooling in the 21st Century

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 www.guildofbookworkers.org

*The 19th Bookbinders Book Arts Fair, Pieterskerk, Leiden, Holland
11th-12th November 2017

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

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 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.

*UK Fine Press Book Fair
Saturday 24th-25th March 2018

Kassam Stadium, Oxford - Details to follow

Art of the Book 2018

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Art of the Book 2018 is an international juried exhibition of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) members' work, opening in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2018 and travelling for two years across Canada.

*The Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Seminar 2018
30th August-1st September, Chester

Details to follow in mid-2018

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.
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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