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COVERED.DISCOVERED EXHIBITION 2024

A joint exhibition of fine bindings by Fellows and Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders and calligraphy and lettering by The Society of Scribes and Illuminators at the Crafts Council Gallery, London. The exhibition will take place between the 13th March and the 13th April 2024 at the Crafts Council Gallery, 44a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY. The gallery will be open from Wednesday through to Saturday (although closed over Easter) between the hours of 11am – 5pm each day and will be invigilated by members of both Designer Bookbinders and the Society of Illuminators and Scribes.

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Designer Bookbinders is one of the foremost societies devoted to the craft of Contemporary bookbinding. Founded more than fifty years ago, our Society is a registered charity and has helped to establish the reputation of British bookbinding worldwide by means of events, education, exhibitions and publications.
Our membership includes some of the most highly regarded creators in the fields of fine bookbinding, book arts and artists’ books, each with a passion for presenting the bound text as a unique art object. Inspiration is the book in all its aspects – text, structure, illustration, print and paper – and the completed bindings are as diverse as the individuals who create them.

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Designer Bookbinders Associate membership is open to subscribers worldwide. We welcome new members from all backgrounds – binders, conservators, collectors, librarians, teachers, people from other crafts, and book lovers in general. Learn more about becoming a member of Designer Bookbinders.

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Designer Bookbinders Fellows are elected on submission of work, and are considered to have achieved the highest standards in both design and technique. Licentiates are elected on submission of work which is deemed to display a potential in design and technique likely to commend them as candidates for election to Fellowship within five years. The society is constantly seeking new talent, and promising bookbinders are encouraged to apply first for Licentiateship and then for Fellowship.

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From London Craft Week to the Booker Prize, we host exhibitions at internationally renowned events, as well as our very own annual bookbinding exhibition showcasing some of the finest work in bookbinding globally.

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Whether you’re a bookbinding beginner or an advanced artist, our regular masterclasses and workshops can help you to take the next steps in improving your craft. If you are based in the UK, when you are ready you could consider applying for Licentiateship.

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* THE NEW LICENTIATES TUESDAY FEATURE *

Each year Designer Bookbinders has an annual Applications meeting held on the last weekend in February. This meeting is for the election of both Fellows and Licentiates into our society.

Applicants to Licentiateship are elected on submission of work which is deemed to display a potential in design and technique. Licentiates are assigned two Fellows of the Society to mentor them in developing their design skills and technique, take part in running the Society, and exhibit in the Society’s exhibitions.

There were no applications for Fellowship this year but we were really thrilled to have had three successful Licentiateship applications and would like to congratulate Toben Lewis, Kate Rochester and Andreas Maroulis on their elections.

Today we are pleased to feature Kate Rochester (@hanburypress):

"Kate completed her BA in Art History at East London University before going on to study bookbinding at the London College of Printing. In 2004 she founded Hanbury Press which produces bespoke books and limited editions using traditional hand-binding methods. Later she joined the Wyvern Bindery, as well as studying master classes at Studio 5 with Mark Cockram.

In 2023, Kate became a QEST scholar after completing a year’s study in further master classes in Design Binding with Nicky Oliver. In 2024 she was elected a Licentiate of Designers Bookbinders.

Kate currently works on commission and runs her independent press from her studio located in East London. She regularly teaches Book Arts workshops and courses at City Lit and The London Centre Of Book Arts. In 2023 she was awarded the Lisa Von Clemm prize for Best Newcomer in the Designer Bookbinders UK competition."

You can see more of Kate`s work on her profile page on the Designer Bookbinders website here:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/licentiates/kate-rochester/

#designerbookbinders #workofabookbinder #licentiateship
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* THE FIRST PEEK AT ‘UNIQUE` *

Following on from the highly successful collaborative exhibition, ‘Covered.Discovered‘ that Designer Bookbinders put on with The Society of Scribes and Illuminators earlier this year, we are really pleased to share that there will be another exhibition of new work by both Fellows and Licentiates of our society in the summer this year.

Announcing the first peek at “UNIQUE”, an exciting new exhibition by Designer Bookbinders.

Approximately 35 new bindings, all for sale, will be exhibited at The Benjamin Spademan Gallery (14 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU) from the 5th – 13th July 2024. There will be an online catalogue with descriptions and images of the bindings and we’ll be populating our social media feeds over the next couple of months with images of some of the beautiful new bindings that will be available for purchase.

Add the dates to your calendar and prepare to be wowed by some brand new bindings made by our members!

@benjaminspademan

#bookbinding #workofabookbinder #designerbookbinders #finebookbinding #designbinding #contemporarybookbinding #fellowsandlicenciates #goldtooling #leatheronlays #uniquebookbinding
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* THE NEW LICENTIATES TUESDAY FEATURE *

Each year DB has an annual Applications meeting held on the last weekend in February. This meeting is for the election of both Fellows & Licentiates into our society.

Applicants to Licentiateship are elected on submission of work which is deemed to display a potential in design and technique. Licentiates are assigned two Fellows of the Society to mentor them in developing their design skills and technique, take part in running the Society, and exhibit in the Society’s exhibitions.

There were no applications for Fellowship this year but we were really thrilled to have had three successful Licentiateship applications and would like to congratulate Toben Lewis, Kate Rochester and Andreas Maroulis on their elections.

For the next three Tuesdays we are going to feature them and their work individually, starting with Toben Lewis (@bailemorbooks).

"Toben’s lifelong passion for books led him from working as a book designer in the publishing industry, through a hobby in letterpress printing, to finally finding and falling in love with the ancient craft of bookbinding.

Since stumbling into this world of bookbinding he has studied the subject intensely, both the physical craft and engineering of it alongside the history of the practice worldwide. He started out teaching himself which led to earning both a QEST scholarship and Heritage Crafts bursary. Through these he has been able to study with Karen Hanmer, Kathy Abbott, Dominic Riley, Arthur Green, and a number of other expert bookbinders, conservation specialists, and book historians in the UK, USA, and Switzerland.

Toben works out of his bindery on the Isle of Iona making books by commission, undertaking book repairs, and teaching bookbinding. He has twice won Best Creative Binding in the Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding competition, and his bindings are held in private collections and the National Library of Scotland."

You can see more of Toben`s work on his profile page on the Designer Bookbinders website here:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/licentiates/toben-lewis/

#designerbookbinders #workofabookbinder
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* ANNOUNCING THREE NEW LICENTIATES & A NEW HONORARY FELLOW TO OUR SOCIETY! *

Ahead of what will undoubtedly be a wonderful day at the AGM this Saturday 20th April, we are really pleased to announce the election of some new members to our society. Following the applications meeting that took place at the end of February, one new Honorary Fellow and three new Licentiates were appointed.

From our President, Stuart Brockman:

"It is with great pleasure Designer Bookbinders announce a new Honorary Fellow, Nesta Davies.

Nesta has been a strong contributor and valued officer of DB over many years. From the mid 1990`s she has served on the Executive Committee countless times, she is the former Editor of The New Bookbinder, has organised innumerable workshops and classes - currently Joint DB SoB Workshops and serving on the DB Education Committee. Nesta has worked tirelessly for the good of our society, this award is very much deserved. Many congratulations Nesta."

Nesta joins the three new Licentiates: Kate Rochester, Toben Lewis and Andreas Maroulis. They join our other Licentiates taking the total up to nine, the most Designer Bookbinders has had in quite a few years! We really look forward to seeing much more of their work in competitions and exhibitions over the coming years, and will be doing individual features on each of them over the coming few weeks.

@nestarendalldavies
@leafwork.bookbinding
@hanburypress
@bailemorbooks
@andreas_maroulis

#bookbinding #designerbookbinders #designerbookbindersnewsletter #workofabookbinder #bookbindingsociety #britishbookbinding
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* THE 2025 DBUK BOOKBINDING COMPETITION *

"We are delighted to announce the launch of the dbUK Bookbinding Competition 2025.

The dbUK Bookbinding Competition was originally established in 1955 ‘to encourage students, craftsmen and apprentices of bookbinding to produce originally designed and well bound books and to give them the opportunity to exhibit their technical and artistic skills.’ We are encouraging bookbinders, book artists and anyone with an interest in designing and making books to take part. The only criteria to entry are that you are resident in the UK when the book was bound and that you are not a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders.

We are very grateful to The Folio Society, and all the prize sponsors, for their continued support. Without them this competition simply could not happen. Thank you."

Eri Funazaki, Kaori Maki and Ethel Mercedes
The dbUK Bookbinding Competition Committee
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The set book for 2025 is `Charmed Life` by Diana Wynne Jones with illustrations by Alison Bryant. Introduced by Katherine Rundell and with a foreword by Neil Gaiman. Published by The Folio Society. We will be posting more information about the set book, and how to enter, within the next few weeks.

In the meantime you can read more about it and order your copy of the set book by visiting the dbUK Competition page of our website here:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/db-uk-bookbinding-competition/

(Image credit: Illustrations © Alison Bryant 2023 from The Folio Society edition of `Charmed Life` by Diana Wynne Jones)

@foliosociety

#designerbookbinders #dbukbookbindingcompetition #dbukbookbindingcompetition25 #bookbindingcompetition #workofabookbinder #charmedlife
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* DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS SPRING MEETING 20TH APRIL 2024 2PM-8PM *

Next weekend DB will host the Spring Meeting at the Art Workers` Guild, WC1N 3AT. There will be a short AGM followed by refreshments, a talk, a mini-suppliers fair and exhibition, and, to end the day, a reception.

We are very pleased to welcome Clive Hicks-Jenkins, RCA, (Illustrator) and Raquel Leis Allion (Art Director, Folio Society), who will give a talk on ‘Finding Beowulf’ on their collaboration on the illustrated Folio Society ‘Beowulf’. An illustrated account of creating the recent lavish Folio Society edition of Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ paintings, prints and private press books are in numerous public collections in the UK and around the world.
 
There will also be a Bring and Buy stall. This year, if you are intending to bring items can you please let us know in advance what the items are and a sales price to l allow us to prepare a list in advance of the meeting. We`d be incredibly grateful if you were to donate the proceeds of any sales to DB, but if you’d prefer we can add a small percentage for the Society. Please indicate your preference when telling us of your items. Should your items remain unsold at the end of the afternoon you will need to take them away with you (please email Ted Bennett Ebbennett@ymail.com about your items).

If you have not already done so, to ensure your place and so that we have numbers for the drinks reception, please register your attendance at: secretary@designerbookbinders.org.uk

Harmatan will be selling a selection of leathers and Shepherds will be selling tools and papers - please contact them beforehand if you wish to pre-order something specific from them.
 
There will be a display in the front room of Associate Members’ bindings.  Refreshments will be served.  The day will be rounded off by the President’s Drinks Reception.

@hicksjenkins
@foliosociety
@harmatanoakridgeleather
@shepherdslondon

#designerbookbinders #workofabookbinder
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* FINAL TWO DAYS *

If you are yet to go and see the Covered.Discovered exhibition you still have two days left! This is a FREE ENTRY selling exhibition that is currently on at the Crafts Council Gallery in London. The wonderful thing about our society, and the work that our Fellows and Licentiates produce, is in its diversity. Photos don`t do the bindings our members create justice, you really need to go and see them in person to truly appreciate the colours, textures and techniques plus see the books from other angles.

The next book we are featuring from this joint exhibition with the Society of Scribes and Illuminators is a binding by Fellow Mark Cockram:

`The Telephone Call`
Artist’s own text and illustrations, Studio 5 Book Arts, Mark Cockram 2023, no. 1/1

"Recurring images and confusion, telephone calls jumble from page to page in a manifestation of the subconscious of the half heard and half remembered. Colours, lines, shapes and forms become shadows as they are covered by the darkness of the forgotten only to be rediscovered in a different place and time. What and how do we remember?"

There are over 50 works on show across all the binders, scribes and calligraphers. Think colour, finesse, gold, craftsmanship, thoughtful designs and collaborations...and you are still only half way there!

#bookbinding #workofabookbinder #designerbookbinders #thesocietyofilluminatorsandscribes #finebookbinding #designbinding #contemporarybookbinding #fellowsandlicenciates #calligraphy #goldtooling #leatheronlays

@ssi_uk
@craftscouncil
@markbookartist
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| The Designer Bookbinders Newsletter 205 Spring 2024 |

Spring is springing and the next Designer Bookbinders newsletter is bounding towards your letterboxes! This edition features a binding of `On the Black Hill` by Bruce Chatwin, bound in 2019 by the late Fellow Paul Delrue on the front cover.

We have a lot to announce over the coming weeks, many details of which are to be found in this newsletter and are already on our website but we`ll feature these on our social media channels imminently too including: 

- The new DBUK 2025 Bookbinding Competition
- A new Associate Members’ Exhibition 
- Updates on our `Transferring Design` Initiative

The newsletter also includes a reflection on Paul Delrue (1944-24), a report on The Booker Prize 2023 awards and Fellows` bindings plus a twenty questions feature with Glenn Bartley (Fellow of DB and Head of the Royal Bindery).

Overseas members, who will have to wait a little longer for their physical copy, can see the newsletter in digital form on the Designer Bookbinders website at this link:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/newsletter/

If you wish to become a member of Designer Bookbinders you will receive four of these newsletters each year (two digital, and two printed) plus a copy of our annual publication, The New Bookbinder. Please see the Designer Bookbinders website for more or PM us for more details.

#bookbinding #designerbookbinders #designerbookbindersnewsletter #workofabookbinder #bookbindingsociety #britishbookbinding
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Today the Crafts Council Gallery reopens after a few days` pause over Easter so you can again go and see the Covered.Discovered exhibition that is currently on with bindings by Fellow & Licentiate members of Designer Bookbinders and lettering by The Society of Scribes and Illuminators.

The exhibition is on until the 13th April 2024 at the Crafts Council Gallery, 44a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY. The gallery is open from Wednesday through to Saturday between the hours of 11am – 5pm each day and will be invigilated by members of both Designer Bookbinders and the Society of Illuminators and Scribes.

Designer Bookbinders is one of the foremost societies devoted to the craft of Contemporary bookbinding. Founded more than fifty years ago, our Society is a registered charity and has helped to establish the reputation of British bookbinding worldwide by means of events, education, exhibitions and publications. Our membership includes some of the most highly regarded creators in the fields of fine bookbinding, book arts and artists’ books, each with a passion for presenting the bound text as a unique art object. Inspiration is the book in all its aspects – text, structure, illustration, print and paper – and the completed bindings are as diverse as the individuals who create them.

The SSI is the oldest Calligraphy Society in the world, founded over 100 years ago at the beginning of the modern revival of edged pen writing. Over the century calligraphy has flourished in dynamic and varied ways: formal documents and public lettering, print and digital applications, personal and unique artworks.

This is a selling show, if you wish to find out prices of specific items, or wish to purchase any of the bindings please DM us and we can put you in touch with the binder.

If you can`t make it, you can purchase a fully illustrated catalogue here:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/shop/catalogues/covered-discovered/

#bookbinding #workofabookbinder #designerbookbinders #thesocietyofilluminatorsandscribes #finebookbinding #designbinding #contemporarybookbinding #fellowsandlicenciates #calligraphy #goldtooling #leatheronlays

@ssi_uk
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| The Designer Bookbinders Newsletter 205 Spring 2024 |

Arriving imminently to your letterbox is the next Designer Bookbinders newsletter, featuring on the front cover a binding of `On the Black Hill` by Bruce Chatwin, bound in 2019 by the late Fellow Paul Delrue:

‘A wonderful Welsh story of how [twin brothers] were brought up on a tight living a hundred years ago. The green leather is puckered and sanded and I have drawn the faces of the twins, Lewis and Benjamin Jones, with their house that they lived in all their lives, and of course it always rains in Wales. The faces are coloured with acrylic for which I thank Glenn Malkin and his wonderful demonstration but I just had to do it myself, I think it comes off.’

The newsletter includes a reflection on Paul Delrue (1944-24), a report on The Booker Prize 2023 awards and Fellows` bindings, and information about the DBUK 2025 Bookbinding Competition which is launching this Spring.

Glenn Bartley (Fellow of DB and Head of the Royal Bindery) steps up for his twenty questions in this edition (Apparently he wants to learn how to fly an aeroplane!).

Overseas members, who will have to wait a little longer for their physical copy, can see the newsletter in digital form on the Designer Bookbinders website at this link:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/newsletter/

If you wish to become a member of Designer Bookbinders you will receive four of these newsletters each year (two digital, and two printed) plus a copy of our annual publication, The New Bookbinder. Please see the Designer Bookbinders website for more or PM us for more details.

@malkinglenn

#bookbinding #designerbookbinders #designerbookbindersnewsletter #workofabookbinder #bookbindingsociety #britishbookbinding
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The seventh book we are featuring from the Covered.Discovered joint exhibition with the Society of Scribes and Illuminators is a binding by Fellow Peter Jones, one of four that he has on display:

`Four Hedges` (part of a pair with `Country Matters` that is also on display)
Written and illustrated by Clare Leighton, Victor Gollancz, London 1935 (first edition)
269 x 205 x 30 mm

"Timber strips fixed to clear acrylic boards partially obscure grids of gold dots tooled on to plain black endpapers.

On Four Hedges the strips are arranged around the boards in a stylised representation of an enclosed garden, with further strips hinting at flower or plant beds and dots suggesting plants. (The vertically-oriented design of Country Matters complements both Four Hedges and the content of the book, but with a less direct reference.)

Otherwise, the structures are identical. Each spine is of vellum turned back on itself to form knuckles along the joints through which are inserted carbon fibre hinging rods. Cutouts allow for the vellum sewing slips and board attachments which circle the rod and are bracketed with handmade brass washers. All edges of the book blocks are finished in solid black ink to complete the bindings. The books are housed in individual drop-back boxes with vellum labels."

This is a FREE ENTRY selling exhibition that is currently on at the Crafts Council Gallery in London. The wonderful thing about our society, and the work that our Fellows and Licentiates produce, is in its diversity. Photos don`t do the bindings our members create justice, you really need to go and see them in person to truly appreciate the colours, textures and techniques plus see the books from other angles.

There are over 50 works on show across all the binders, scribes and calligraphers. Think colour, finesse, gold, craftsmanship, thoughtful designs and collaborations...and you are still only half way there!

#bookbinding #workofabookbinder #designerbookbinders #thesocietyofilluminatorsandscribes #finebookbinding #designbinding #contemporarybookbinding #fellowsandlicenciates #calligraphy #goldtooling #leatheronlays

@ssi_uk
@craftscouncil
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* DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY *

We would like to thank Felicity Bristow for all her hard work as Membership Secretary and wish her all the best. We would like to warmly welcome Riina Kermik who is now taking over the role at a very busy time of year.

The membership subscription year begins on 1 April 2024. If you have an online account you can log on and renew your membership there. If you have not yet registered for an online account we would encourage you to do so this year so you can benefit from the discount on some publications and also access the digital newsletters. If you pay by bank transfer please take the time now to check that BACS payments coming out on 1 April are set at the current relevant fee (unchanged from 2023). The Subscription Renewal invoices will be sent with the Spring Newsletter.

For queries please contact Riina at: membership@designerbookbinders.org.uk

If you wish to become a member of Designer Bookbinders you will receive four newsletters each year (two digital, and two printed) plus a copy of our annual publication, The New Bookbinder. Please see the Designer Bookbinders website for more or PM us for more details.

#bookbinding #designerbookbinders #designerbookbindersnewsletter #workofabookbinder #bookbindingsociety #britishbookbinding
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Today the Crafts Council Gallery reopens after a few days` pause so you can again go and see the Covered.Discovered exhibition that is currently on with bindings by Fellow and Licentiate members of Designer Bookbinders and lettering by The Society of Scribes and Illuminators.

The exhibition is on between the 13th March and the 13th April 2024 at the Crafts Council Gallery, 44a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY. The gallery is open from Wednesday through to Saturday (although closed over Easter) between the hours of 11am – 5pm each day and will be invigilated by members of both Designer Bookbinders and the Society of Illuminators and Scribes.

Designer Bookbinders is one of the foremost societies devoted to the craft of Contemporary bookbinding. Founded more than fifty years ago, our Society is a registered charity and has helped to establish the reputation of British bookbinding worldwide by means of events, education, exhibitions and publications. Our membership includes some of the most highly regarded creators in the fields of fine bookbinding, book arts and artists’ books, each with a passion for presenting the bound text as a unique art object. Inspiration is the book in all its aspects – text, structure, illustration, print and paper – and the completed bindings are as diverse as the individuals who create them.

The SSI is the oldest Calligraphy Society in the world, founded over 100 years ago at the beginning of the modern revival of edged pen writing. Over the century calligraphy has flourished in dynamic and varied ways: formal documents and public lettering, print and digital applications, personal and unique artworks.

This is a selling show, if you wish to find out prices of specific items, or wish to purchase any of the bindings please DM us and we can put you in touch with the binder.

If you can`t make it, you can purchase a fully illustrated catalogue here:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/shop/catalogues/covered-discovered/

#bookbinding #workofabookbinder #designerbookbinders #thesocietyofilluminatorsandscribes #finebookbinding #designbinding #contemporarybookbinding #fellowsandlicenciates #calligraphy #goldtooling #leatheronlays

@ssi_uk
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The sixth book we are featuring from the Covered.Discovered joint exhibition with the Society of Scribes and Illuminators is a collaborative binding by Fellows James and Stuart Brockman:

`The Bookbindings of T. J. Cobden-Sanderson` by Marianne Tidcombe
British Library, London 1984

"Marbled paper endpapers by Louise Brockman; edges gilt before sewing; double multicoloured endbands; covered in purple-blue goatskin, tooled with gold leaf and in blind, with coloured goatskin onlays. Housed in a velvet-lined, buckram box.

The design grows out of the Cobden-Sanderson-style lettering block on the spine into ‘spinning’ circles on each board suggesting the influence he had, and continues to have, on modern bookbinding design. The three circular tools were made and used by William Matthews. We are fortunate to have them in our collection."

This is a FREEE ENTRY selling exhibition that is currently on at the Crafts Council Gallery in London. The wonderful thing about our society, and the work that our Fellows and Licentiates produce, is in its diversity. Photos don`t do the bindings our members create justice, you really need to go and see them in person to truly appreciate the colours, textures and techniques plus see the books from other angles.

There are over 50 works on show across all the binders, scribes and calligraphers. Think colour, finesse, gold, craftsmanship, thoughtful designs and collaborations...and you are still only half way there!

#bookbinding #workofabookbinder #designerbookbinders #thesocietyofilluminatorsandscribes #finebookbinding #designbinding #contemporarybookbinding #fellowsandlicenciates #calligraphy #goldtooling #leatheronlays

@stuartbrockman @loubrockmanmarbles
@ssi_uk
@craftscouncil
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