Volume 49 - Spring 2020


Dates for your Diary


In light of the current situation with the Corona virus and Covid-19, we would recommend that you contact the event organisers with regards to the status of any of the listings below.

The OPEN • SET competition 2020

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FIRST PRIZE - Rahel Scheufele, GERMANY - Thorvald Henningsen by Hans Burkhardt
SECOND PRIZE - Sofia Mendizabal, ARGENTINA - Histoires Comme Ca, Rudyard Kipling
THIRD PRIZE - Guadalupe Roldán Morales, SPAIN - Macbeth, William Shakespeare

SET CATEGORY WINNERS - Happy Abstract, A Letter from William Blake
FIRST PRIZE - Pilar N Calahorra Moreno de la Santa , SPAIN
Susana Dominguez Martin - SPAIN

In addition, there were numerous Highly Commendable Awards. We should explain that these awards are given to a feature of the book that the jurors find... well, commendable. These range from traditional techniques to a newly invented feature that the jurors find unusual or interesting. Although ALL of the bindings are worthy of mention, there was a limit of 20.

Candela Ines Mirabella - Full Edge Detail
Coleen Curry - Leather Treatment
Colin Urbina - Leather Treatment
Françoise Buniazet - Use of Materials
Jacek Tylkowski - Decorative Technique
Joelle Bocel - Unique Structure
Lise Dubois - Onlay/Inlay
Luke Hornus - Fore Edge Painting
Pénélope Guidoni - Design

Andrea Odametey - Paper Manipulation
Annika Baudry - Cover Treatment
Coleen Curry - Materials Manipulation
Elena Sánchez - Paper Manipulation
Eva Vincze - Unique Structure
Geert Stevens - Unique Structure
Ingela Dierick - Use of Materials
Rahel Scheufele - Use of Leather
Richard Beadsmoore - Tooling
Sofia Mendizabal - Inlay
Sol Rébora - Technique

2020 Exhibition venues!

NEW YORK CITY - The Grolier Club - 19th February - Closed
SAN FRANCISCO - The American Bookbinders Museum - 15th - 10th July 2020
SALT LAKE CITY - - Marriot Library, University of Utah - 31st July - 2nd October 2020
AUSTIN - Austin Public Library - 13th October - 2nd December 2020

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
Due to the Corona Virus, this event has regrettably been cancelled


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

ARA Belgica - The Four Elements

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Event date - 13th June 2020 - 30 September 2020
Location - Bibliotheca Wittockiana Rue Bemel 23 Bemelstraat 23 1150 Bruxelles

The theme will be inspired by the four natural elements: water, earth, air or fire.

Registration fee €80 (including catalogue, worth €40)

Further information can be found on ARA's web site

*UK Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford
Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd November 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

Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2021

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

Due to the Corona Virus, this event has now been postponed

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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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