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UNIQUE EXHIBITION 2024

An exhibition of fine bookbinding, book arts and artists’ books, each a UNIQUE art object, created with passion. Inspiration is the book in all its aspects – text, structure, illustration, print and paper – with the completed bindings being as diverse as the individuals who create them. 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.

ABOUT

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.

Become A Member

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.

Bookbinders UK

World Leaders In Our Craft

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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Enjoy Our Events
And Exhibitions

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.

Learn Bookbinding Excellence From Craft Masters

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.

Lectures
Masterclasses
WORKSHOPS
Transferring Design
Courses
Lectures
Masterclasses
WORKSHOPS
Transferring Design
Courses
The new bookbinder

Our Publications

Designer Bookbinders publishes a quarterly newsletter and our annual journal ‘The New Bookbinder’ (TNB) while also offering a range of insightful publications on the art of bookbinding.

Browse our online shop for books, pamphlets, leaflets, reviews and other materials

Enter Our Competitions

Enter your work in our Designer Bookbinders competitions. Many fine bookbinders have been discovered as a result of winning prizes in our UK and international competitions, and subsequently become Licentiates and Fellows within the Society.

Drawings of Eric Gill

Make A Donation

Together we can continue to preserve, promote and improve our craft for future generations.

Bookbinders Club

Designer Bookbinders is a registered charity (No. 282018)

* BUYING AND COMMISSIONING BINDINGS *

We do hope that you are enjoying seeing images of all the wonderful new bindings that members of our society are showing at the Unique exhibition at The Benjamin Spademan Gallery, currently on daily until the 13th July at 14 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU.

This is totally FREE to visit and all works are on sale. Many of the bindings have already sold but if any you see catch your eye, please get in touch with our Secretary Pippa Smith on secretary@designerbookbinders.org.uk to enquire about making a purchase.

Alternatively, if you wish to commission a bespoke binding from a particular binder whose work you admire, that is also possible. Many commissions that bookbinders undertake are for private individuals who want a unique binding of a treasured text for their own personal delight or as a special gift. What could make a more inspired and personal gift? The pleasure and excitement of commissioning a binding – and the joy of handling the finished piece – cannot be overestimated. When you own a fine binding, you have a book that has been painstakingly executed by a highly skilled bookbinder and is a pleasure to look at, handle and read.

Firstly, you need to select a bookbinder. Go to the Fellows and Licentiates pages in the Members section of our website to view the variety of work available here: https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/category/fellows-and-licentiates/

Most of the binders take on commissions and you can contact them directly or, for more general advice, email the Designer Bookbinders Secretary.

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