International Competition 2017 Review

John Mellerio
3 months ago
Society of Bookbinders > International Competition 2017 Review

Fifteen prizes over five categories were awarded in 2017.IBC_Cat_2017_2

The 2017 winning entries were announced at the Society’s Conference at Keele University. Awards were presented on 2nd August and all entries were exhibited at the Conference for the duration.

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2017 Prizewinners
Fine Binding First Prize – The John Coleman Trophy (Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd)
and the People’s Choice Award
Mel Jefferson

Fine Binding Second Prize
Rahel Scheufele

Fine Binding Third Prize
Rahel Scheufele

The Complete Book First Prize – The Portnall Award
Ann Tout / Eduardo Gimenez (jointly awarded)

Case Binding First Prize – The F.J. Ratchford Trophy
Eduardo Gimenez

Restoration First Prize – The Bernard Middleton Trophy
Daniel Wray

Historic Binding First Prize – The ABA Educational Trust
Andrew Sims

The Wyvern Bindery Award for Best Newcomer
Alicia Bayona / Emily Juniper (jointly awarded)

People’s Choice Award
Mel Jefferson

Fine Cut International Award for Finishing
Andrew Sims

Harmatan Leather Award for Finishing
Richard Beadsmoore

Incline Press: Dave Godin Memorial Award for Animal Free Binding
Julia Van Mechelen

J Hewit & Sons Award for Excellence in Design
Tracey Bush

J Hewit & Sons Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship
Ingela Dierick

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FINE BINDING: First Prize (The John Coleman Trophy – Shepherds Bookbinding Ltd) and the People’s Choice Award

Mel Jefferson
UK

The Indomitable Servant

Full Harmatan goatskin with printed doublures. Feathered onlays, airbrushed dyes, inkjet printing and blind blocking. Edges of airbrushed acrylics and debossed gold leaf. Box with magnetic panel concealing a pamphlet binding that contains the original illustrations and reprinted maps.

 

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FINE BINDING: Second Prize

Rahel Scheufele
SwitzerlandZwischen van de Velde und Bauhaus

Bound in natural goat parchment.
The spine is connected to the boards via a carefully thought out hinge system. Endbands in green leather. Fine décor drawings complete the parchment onlays on the cover and underline the meaning of the decoration: a way to find the gradual transition from classical cover decoration to Bauhaus.

 

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FINE BINDING: Third Prize

Rahel Scheufele
SwitzerlandInternationale MDE Ausstellung

Bound in white calf parchment, intricately coloured on both boards. The decoration is completed by fine drawings and small gilded spots that attract the eye, constantly hinting at alternative interpretations of the design. Multi-coloured silk endbands in the French style. Graphite edge decoration at the head. Endpapers in delicate handmade paper.

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COMPLETE BOOK: Joint First Prize (The Portnall Award)
Eduardo Gimenez
SpainA Song of JoysCase binding with grey-blue leather spine and sanded grey cardboard covers. Inset of painted paper on front cover. Lokta paper endleaves. The book contains eight tipped-in original illustrations, hand painted by the binder.
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COMPLETE BOOK: Joint First Prize
Ann Tout
UKThe Enchanted GiftBound in leather with onlays and inlays. Pen & ink with watercolour washes on concertina Griffen Mill paper. Box as gift box in Whitchurch silk.
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CASE BINDING: First Prize (The F.J. Ratchford Trophy)

Eduardo Gimenez
Spain

L’Empire des Signes

Case binding with black calfskin spine and silk covers. Two pieces of Japanese paper with black ink inscriptions are pasted on the covers. Fabriano grey paper endleaves. Title in gold on spine.

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RESTORATION: Frist Prize (The Bernard Middleton Trophy)
Daniel Wray
UKByron’s Poems
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HISTORIC BINDING: First Prize (The ABA Educational Trust) and the Fine Cut International Award for Finnishing
Andrew Sims
UKLeabhar Na’Urnuigh Choitchionn (Book of Common Prayer)An ‘homage’ binding in the 18th century Scottish wheel style in full hand-stained period morocco. Hand tooled using 23.5 carat gold leaf and egg glaire, the designs requiring over 800 individual impressions. Antiqued gilt edges, comb-marbled endpapers, hand-sewn silk endbands. Saltire spine decorations, gilt rolls to board edges, headcaps and inner dentelles. Housed in a retrospective quarter calf clamshell box.
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The Wyvern Bindery Award for Best Newcomer (joint winner)
Alicia Bayona
SpainThe Blue PeepholeAccordion binding in handmade wooden boards, designed and painted as an antique door. Original illustrations of houses and peepholes in black and white with transfer and ink techniques. Can be read in two directions. Wraparound box in pale blue fabric and tinted paper.

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The Wyvern Bindery Award for Best Newcomer (joint winner)
Emily Juniper
UKLuminosityLuminosity is a play text, and as such has been designed as if the paper and book object was a performance of the piece. Material choices reflect this, for instance ‘light’ is given stage directions as if it were a character – hence the luminous cover. The reader must remove the cover on the fore-edge before reading. [Printing by Boothes]
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Incline Press – Dave Godin Memorial Award for Animal-free Binding
Julia Van Mechelen
BelgiumWater LaneSingle section Bradel binding with a 1mm joint. Full blue Ingres paper. Horizontal onlays on front board continuing onto the doublure. Vertical onlays on back board. The onlays are collages of airbrushed Japanese papers and brass foils. [Title tooled in gold foil by Jan Camps.]
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Harmatan Leather Award for Finishing
Richard Beadsmoore
UKA Shropshire LadBound in grey Harmatan goatskin. The endpapers and doublures are airbrushed with a leaf design. The stylized trees are tooled in 23.5 carat gold and caplain. The design was inspired by the poem Breedon Hill with its landscape of trees and dry-stone walls. The poem begins in summer but then winter comes and the death of the beloved.
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J Hewit & Sons Award for Excellence in Design
Tracey Bush
UKDuskThrough seven hand-cut wreaths from original drawings are glimpsed some of the large British moths. Sewn together in a double concertina 160cm long. The specimen drawings are adapted from Moths of the British Isles by Bernard Skinner. Bound in black Lokta screen-printed boards, depicting a collection of Peppered moths drawn at Chilcomb House, Hampshire. Black velvet ribbon ties. Duotone risograph prints on Hahnemuhle paper, printed at the Publisher Hub, WSA. Edition of 20. Japanese chitsu case, dark blue bookcloth boards lined with velvet paper. Hand-tied frogging ties.
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J Hewit & Sons Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship
Ingela Dierick
BelgiumEin KrippenspielBradel binding with leather spine, inlaid work with Japanese paper, ivory edge decoration at the head and orange leather endbands. Light blue half-leather box with title and inlaid work. Inspiration: a landscape in winter colours at sunset, where the story takes place.
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COMPETITION SPONSORS
The ABA Educational Trust
Abby Schoolman Books
ABS Supplies
Bookbinding Supplies
Mr & Mrs Brown
Conservation by Design Ltd
Maureen Duke
FiberMark Red Bridge International Ltd
Fine Cut Graphic Imaging Ltd
George Bayntun Booksellers
Griffen Mill
Gwasg Gregynog Press
Habberley Meadows
Harmatan and Oakridge Leather Ltd
J Hewitt & Sons Ltd
Incline Press
Inky Parrot Press
Jemma Lewis Marbling and Design
John Purcell Paper
JVO Papers
Leather Conservation Centre
London Centre for Book Arts
Louise Brockman Marble Paper
Ludlow Bookbinders Ltd
David & Maureen Nye
The Old School Press
The Old Stile Press
P & S Engraving
Payhembury Papers
Pergamena
F J Ratchford Ltd
Russells Fine Leather
Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd
Sophie Schneideman
Stationers’ Company
Stuart Southall
The Whittington Press
William Cowley Parchment and Vellum
Winter & Co
The Wyvern Bindery
Dr William Zachs

Plus many anonymous donors