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Queen's Bindery Apprenticeship


The Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle has announced a 5-year apprenticeship scheme to train binders in all aspects of hand binding and ancilliary subjects.

Full details here (PDF)

22.06.16


Bookbinding & Book Art: The Studio of Philip Smith
Auction: THURSDAY 30 JUNE, 2016

Dominic Winter Book Auctions
Mallard House
Broadway Lane
South Cerney
Cirencester
GL7 5UQ
T: 01285 860006
E: info@dominicwinter.co.uk

Sale by auction of the personal collection and studio of the renowned artist-bookbinder Philip Smith on behalf of Philip and his family. The sale includes not only Philip's own designer bookbindings but also those of some of his contemporaries, plus tools, equipment and materials from the studio.

Finishing tools and historical fine bindings from other sources will also form part of the aution.

Online catalogue

22.06.16


CIDER WITH ROSIE
A Design Binding Project and exhibition at the SoB E&T Training Seminar 2016

The Western region is once again organising a binding project to culminate in an exhibition at next year's E&T Seminar in Cirencester.

The book chosen for the project is Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee and, as previously, it will not be a competition – there will be no judging, no prizes and no rules!

This project will go ahead in memory of John Jameson.

Full details can be found here (PDF)

updated 07.04.16


JOHN JAMESON
It is with great sadness that I announce the untimely death of John Jameson in the early hours of Wednesday 16th March. John was a great supporter of SoB and all it stands for; an enthusiast and an excellent teacher. A dear and loyal friend who will be missed by so many. Our sympathy and condolences go out to Diane at this sad time.

from the Chairman, Sarah Burns.


24.03.16

 


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MEMBERS
Increase in Subscriptions

In 2015 the Treasurer reported to Council that the expenditure of running the Society was more than the income, and that we needed to increase our income and build up a reserve with which to continue the running of the Society in an efficient manner. To do this it has proved necessary to increase subscriptions.

At the AGM in Leeds this year the motion to increase the subscriptions was passed and on settling on a figure Council still insisted on one very important point – there still had to be great value for money. Council feels that with a wonderful journal, BOOKBINDER, the organisation of such events as the Conference, the E & T Seminar, the International Competition, the Newsletter, maintaining the website, Facebook and Twitter among other things, that the new rates achieve this requirement. All the above have cost the Society more each year to run for the benefit of members and Council hopes that you will understand and accept these new figures.

Thank you for your support for the Society of Bookbinders.

New subscription rates (all GBP)

Ordinary Membership (UK): £40.00
Ordinary Membership (Overseas): £45.00
Joint Membership: £55.00
Corporate Membership: £80.00
25 and under: £25.00
Student: £20.00

Dermott Creece
Chairman 2011 - 2015

 

18.11.15

 


Designer Bookbinders Annual UK Bookbinding Competition 2016
The set book for 2016 is Vita nuova with an introduction by A. N. Wilson.
The Folio edition is 222 x 144mm, 208 pages. Printed in two colours, the book presents the Italian text alongside a facing-page translation by Dante scholar Mark Musa, including integrated mono- and duotone illustrations by Daniel Egnéus.

Dante Alighieri called the Vita nuova (New Life) his libello, or ‘little book’. Written between 1292 and 1294, it is the first of Dante’s major writings and the essential precursor to his Divine Comedy. An innovative mix of prose and poetry (prosimetron), Vita nuova broke new ground by appearing in Italian rather than the customary Latin. It is a meditation on poetry, and on the torments and joys of lovefrom Dante’s blessed happiness. But Vita nuova’s powers far transcend the travails of a lovesick youth; Beatrice is gradually revealed as an ethereal rather than an earthly being, while Dante encounters otherworldly figures, including the charming Love himself. Dante describes Beatrice as one who is through all ages blessed; 750 years after the author’s birth, Vita nuova still sings today.

The 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. To obtain a copy of the 2016 set book and entry details to the competition, send your payment by cheque (made payable to Designer Bookbinders) to:

Lester Bath
25 Ffordd Ffrydlas
Bethesda
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 3BL

Please email Lester Bath for bank transfer instructions if you are unable to pay by cheque. The cost of the set book is £20 to DB Members and £25 for non-members to include packing, postage and entrance fee. Every entrant must bind the set book but open-choice books and artist’s books are welcomed. The expected closing date for entries will be during the last half of October 2016.

 

05.10.15


THE MAUREEN DUKE EDUCATIONAL AWARD 2015


The 2015 Maureen Duke Award has been awarded to Mark Cockram. Mark is well known to very many of us. Besides being a member of the Society he is a fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Brother in the Art Workers Guild and member of the Tokyo Bookbinding Club.

He studied at the Guildford College of Technology, ‘Studio Livre’ in Tokyo and the London College of Printing before starting his studio in Lincoln and then, in 2003, Studio Five in London.

He will be using the award to take up the first international internship to be awarded to the Ortigas Foundation Library, Conservation Unit in Manila.

 

11.09.15

 


SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2015
Images and full details of the 2015 prizewinners are now available in the COMPETITION section.

 

For the first time, we have also produced a beautiful 64-page, full colour catalogue containing images of all eighty-five entries. The catalogue, which measures 280 x 215mm, is available to purchase from our online shop.

 

28.08.15