Volume 55 - Spring 2023


Customers Recent Bindings


Bound by Kaitlin Barber

Author: Peter Shaffer
Illustrator: Clive Hicks-Jenkins
Publisher: First Published by André Deutsch 1974
Printed by The Old Stile Press. Llandogo, Monmouthshire, Wales 2009

For this binding, Kaitlin was awarded a 'Distinguished Winner' prize at the Designer Bookbinders 'Heroic Works' International Competition.

Book bound at Studio 5 in England. Unsupported link stitch with secondary sewing. Full linen board attachment. Hand dyed fair goat from J Hewit and Sons. Sewn silk endbands. Soft plate offset printed leather jointed endpapers with edge to edge doublures. Cold gold decorative techniques and tooling. Conceptual imagery inspired by illustrations and dimensional movement created using colour, texture and pattern.

Kaitlin Barber is a bookbinder and book artist from Toronto Canada. She has a deep appreciation for the all-encompassing nature of the art of the hand-made book. The artist is in total control of every aspect of the work creating interplay between concept, text, and image. Cover design, hand printed endpapers, and content come together forming a narrative, influenced by the text, but going far beyond. Kaitlin is a recent graduate of the two-year bookbinding program at The North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016 she traveled to London to study contemporary design binding at Studio 5 with internationally recognized and exhibited Mark Cockram. During this time she bound submissions to the International and UK Designer Bookbinder competitions. Studying with Mark has opened Kaitlins eyes to the immense variety of ways in which colour, texture, and materials can be used to achieve flow throughout the work, creating a rich experience that is both visual and tactile.

Kaitlin can be contacted at Katiebarber21@gmail.com and her work can be found at kaitlinbarberbooks.blogspot.ca


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Bound by Glenn Malkin

Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
Introduced by Lavinia Greenlaw
Illustrated by Jane Lydbury
Published by the Folio Society
Bound in 2017

Glenn's binding of Selected Poems was awarded the 'St. Brides Foundation Prize for Finishing' in the Designer Bookbinders Bookbinding Competition 2017.

Sewn onto tapes with three-quarter hollow. Lightly airbrushed Hewit's Pentland Goat with back-pared onlay panel of cold tooled leather pieces decorated with yellow and white gold leaf. Silk endbands covered with white gold leaf. Full leather doublures and suede endpapers. The design represents Dickinson's repeated theme of death and suggests the path of life passing through the veil of our mortality, though without melancholy - also reflected in the light blue edge decoration with sprinkled white gold. The background illustrates the ever-present 'stintless stars' referred to in the text.

For further examples of Glenn's work, see his website at Glenn Malkin Design Bindings or e-mail glenn@glennmalkin.com


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