The E&T Seminar binding challenge 2020
** See a new challenge lower down the page….
Regular attendees at the Education & Training Seminars will know about the non-competitive bookbinding challenge initiated by the late John Jameson. It is an opportunity for binders at all levels, from beginner to Designer Bookbinder Fellow, to show their work in a friendly environment. There are no judges, no prizes, and no rules.
Until 2018, the challenge was organised by members in the Western region. East Anglia took up the task of arranging the competition in time for the 2020 Seminar, and we decided to give it a new twist. Traditionally, the books have been works of a literary nature: Cider with Rosie, Tarka the Otter, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Sweet Thames Run Softly (you can read a blog about this particular project at https://sweetthames.wordpress.com), and most recently, Two Points East by Judith Ellis (herself an Eastern region member).
For 2020, we chose AMUSEMENTS IN MATHEMATICS by Henry Ernest Dudeney. This is a famous and popular book of recreational mathematical puzzles, problems and curiosities. It was first published in 1917 by Thomas Nelson, and has been reprinted many times. With the cancellation of the seminar due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are putting pictures, below, of completed bindings here in this online gallery. We hope we will be able to show the actual bindings at the 2021 conference.”