Volume 48 - Autumn 2019


Dates for your Diary

*Guild of Bookworkers Standards of Excellence Seminar, Philadelphia
24th-26th October 2019


The 2019 Standards of Excellence Seminar will be hosted in Philadelphia, PA. The seminar will include presentations from:

Jeff Altepeter - Metalworking for Book Workers
Rebecca Chamlee - The Art Of Nature Printing
Julia Miller - Modeling Ambiguity: Lessons Learned
Graham Pattern - The Continuously Convoluting Carousel

The Standards of excellence Seminar is open to all regardless of membership status. Registration closes September 15, 2019. Registration is limited to 150 people. A wait list will be created if registration passes 150.

All questions regarding registration payments should be directed to Laura Bedford, GBW Treasurer at treasurer@guildofbookworkers.org. Other questions regarding the Seminar should be directed to MP Bogan, Standards Chair at standards@guildofbookworkers.org.

All events will occur at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia, except the Area Tours and the Reception. The Program Packet will contain all necessary information regarding locations of events, timing and scheduling, as well as information on local sites, restaurant recommendations and more.

Further information and online registration can be found on the Guild's website at www.guildofbookworkers.org

*The 20th Bookbinders Book Arts Fair, Pieterskerk, Leiden, Holland
9th-10th November 2019

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.boekkunstbeurs.nl

*UK Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford
Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th March 2020

The 2020 Fair will be held at the Oxford University Examination Rooms, 75-81 High Street Oxford, OX1 4BGil March 2018.

Further details can be found on the FPBA web site at

The OPEN • SET competition 2020

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2020 Exhibition venues!

New York City - The Grolier Club
San Francisco - The American Bookbinders Museum
Salt Lake City - Marriot Library, University of Utah
Austin - Austin Public Library

OPEN • SET would like to express our appreciation to Harmatan and Oakridge Leathers
and J Hewit and Sons Ltd. for their generous sponsorship of these awards.

September 2019: Jury review
November 2019: Non-exhibition books returned
Full year 2020: Exhibition travels
January 2021: Exhibition books returned

Further information may be found on the AAB web site at - bookbindingacademy.org

*The Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Seminar, Shropshire
2nd-4th July 2020


Seminar 2020 brings an exciting change of venue for us to Harper Adams University in Newport, giving you a chance to visit the lovely county of Shropshire.

The Seminar provides a great opportunity for bookbinders of all levels to see demonstrations by knowledgeable experts in a wide range of fields. Amateurs and those with less experience will find inspiration and encouragement; professionals will gain new ideas. If you have not been to a Conference before, you will find it easy to make new friends and to talk to the speakers and other top-level binders. You will find them approachable and always willing to discuss bookbinding matters with you.

The Trade Fair suppliers will be attending with bookbinding materials, tools and books for sale.

- Tom McEwan - Decorative Leather Techniques
- Mark Furness - Making Bespoke Book Cradles
- Michael Burke - The Pastepapers of the Moravian Sisters of Hernhutt
- Lori Sauer - Slipcase with Locking Lid
- Nick Cowlishaw - Tight-Back Library Style Binding
- Diana Illingworth-Cook - Stuff I Can't Live Without
- Caroline Bendix - Making Textile Supports
- Roger Grech - Editioning for Multiples

Further details and registration information can be found on the Society's web site at

Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2021

In association with the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and supported by Mark Getty

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Designer Bookbinders are pleased to announce our fourth International Bookbinding Competition, 'A Gathering of Leaves'.

The chosen theme of plants, gardens and anything connected with flora helps celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Oxford Botanic Gardens, the oldest Botanic Garden in the world.

Plants play a central role to life on Earth. They have provided food, clothing, shelter & medicines for many centuries. Plants have many symbolic uses in art, mythology and literature and gardens have provided employment, leisure and enjoyment throughout history. There are many and varied texts available on this expansive subject.

There is no set book. It is hoped that entrants will be stimulated by the opportunity to produce or source a text of their choice to work with and feel encouraged to make 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 binding.

Two major prizes will be awarded in honour of Sir Paul Getty KBE (1932-2003), one of our greatest book collectors and a passionate advocate for the art and craft of bookbinding.

Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prizes:
1st Prize - £10,000
2nd Prize - £6,000

Silver Prizes:
A further 25 highly-commended entrants will receive a silver prize.
Oxford University Students' Choice: £500
The prizewinners will be announced at the Award Ceremony which will take place in Oxford in late June 2021. There are plans for a new event: a 'Festival of Bookbinding' to take place at the Bodleian at the same time.

The Jury will be made up of an international panel of judges who will be looking for a high standard of craftsmanship and technical ability with relation to the bookbinding process. Successful entries will show evidence of good forwarding and structural functionality, together with original, innovative and accomplished design.

Further information, rules and application form are 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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